The dog has to go

Rather suspicious.

Man run over, killed, when dog jumps into car, pushes accelerator.

A man has died after a dog jumped into a van, stepped on the accelerator and struck him as he opened a gate outside a Florida Panhandle home, according to officials.

Troopers said Fortner opened the driver’s door to see where Campbell was standing, and that’s when Fortner’s large boxer bull dog jumped into the car and pressed the accelerator.

FHP says Fortner tried to stop the van before the vehicle backed into Campbell, but he was trapped under the van.

I’m left with questions on this one. Why wasn’t the vehicle in “park” so it wouldn’t have moved? It’s not exactly easy to reach the gas pedal under the dash unless you are sitting upright with legs outstretched. I’m glad this is being investigated because it makes little sense.

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  3 comments for “The dog has to go

  1. Chuck Nelson
    January 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I could see it being in drive with the parking brake on. People can be pretty stupid. A person I know was working on his vehicle, left it running, brake off, wheels unblocked, on a slight slope and walked around in front of it. The idling engine was enough vibration to get the vehicle rolling and it pinned him to a building.

  2. oldebabe
    January 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    How did this `Fortner’ get under the van? Apparently, this `Campbell’ was killed? Or what? I don’t understand who did what, except the dog is being blamed…

  3. January 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    The driver merely opened the door. He wasn’t stopping, so it would be reasonable (not safe) to just stop the vehicle with the brake while the passenger exited the van. A lot of traditional vans have with door open a straight straight shot to the pedals. If the dog lept in he could knock the drivers foot off the brake and then land on the accelerator.

    It’s all speculation, but does not strike me as particularly fantastic. Rotten luck yes.

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