A tow truck driver was killed Monday when the vehicle he was towing struck him and dragged him about 30 feet, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Southeast Second Street at Southeast 54th Court. The intersection is south of Fort King Street and just west of Baseline Road.
The 38-year-old Ocala tow truck driver had repossessed a F-350 pickup truck and was towing it along the roadway. He stopped for some reason, perhaps because he detected a problem.
Authorities said the man got out of the vehicle and went underneath the pickup truck. But the tow truck was not in park. The tow truck moved forward, and the pickup struck the man and dragged him approximately 30 feet, FHP said.
After the incident, someone saw the tow truck and called 911. Medical personnel arrived and pronounced the man deceased. The highway patrol no longer releases names of people involved in traffic fatalities.
Officials said a 9-year-old boy, who’s not related to the victim, was in the vehicle at the time. He was not injured.
The investigation is ongoing, FHP said.