You hear sad stories all the time about a man or woman accidentally running over their pet. It isn’t often, however, that you hear about a dog running over a man.
The Florida Highway Patrol said today that James W. Campbell was killed today when a dog accidentally stepped on the gas pedal of his truck.
The FHP says that Iris H. Fortner, 56, and Campbell, 68, were returning to their home in Florida when the tragic accident occurred.
The News Herald reports that the two were backing their car up to the property when they stopped to open up a metal gate. Campbell got out of the car to open the double gate and Fortner was set to drive the car onto the property. Fortner said that she got out of the car “to see what side of the double gate he was standing on.”
That’s when Fortner’s boxer jumped into the driver’s side door. The dog pressed down on the gas pedal and the car backed up into Campbell.
Campbell got stuck underneath the front of the car. He died before the Florida Highway Patrol arrived on the scene.
NBC reports that police are currently investigating the death. Fornter has not been charged with any crime.