Hampstead man dies after truck rolls on him

August 18, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A Hampstead man died yesterday after being pinned beneath the wheels of his Mack truck as he delivered construction equipment in Columbia.

John G. Hundertmark, 42, of Popes Creek Drive was delivering the equipment to a site being paved in the 5100 block of Harpers Farm Road near the Hobbits Glen Golf Club when his truck

began to roll backward, Howard County police said.

Hundertmark, who was making the delivery for C. J. Miller Excavating & Paving Co., was pinned under the truck's back wheels.

He was attempting to reattach his 1989 Mack tractor to the trailer when the accident occurred, police said. Residents nearby heard his cries for help and called police, but he died before they and members of a rescue squad could free him, police said. The accident was under investigation.

Friends and relatives yesterday described Hundertmark as an easygoing person who enjoyed spending time with his three teen-age sons and teen-age daughter.

"He was a family man," said Richard Kent, his brother-in-law. "He just loved those kids."

Relatives gathered at Hundertmark's home yesterday to comfort his wife, Robin, whom he married less than a year ago.

LaVerne Euler, who lived next door to the Hundertmarks, said that the couple was devoted to each other and that John Hundertmark's children from a previous marriage visited often.

Kent said relatives learned of Hundertmark's death after recognizing his truck on a television newscast about the accident.

"We were shocked," Kent said. "He's been with C. J. Miller for a couple of years, but before that he was a professional truck driver, and he knew a lot about trucks."

Said Euler: "He was the kind of person that would do anything for anybody. It's just awful."

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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