Sykesville man is killed by his own pickup truck

Vehicle knocks down 77-year-old, drags him more than 50 feet

July 08, 1999|By Jennifer Sullivan | Jennifer Sullivan,SUN STAFF

A Sykesville man died yesterday after his pickup truck knocked him down and dragged him for more than 50 feet in front of his house.

Edwin Haugh, 77, of the 6000 block of Church St. parked his dark-green 1995 Ford Ranger in neutral -- without the emergency brake set -- and walked down his driveway to get the mail, state police said.

"It rolled 52 feet on a slight incline," said Trooper Steve Tom, of the Westminster Barracks, who was alerted about the accident at 12: 10 p.m. "The car sped up and hit him."

Jeannette Shaughney said she and Haugh, housemates for 12 years, had returned from running errands when the accident occurred. "We had taken a part to a lawn mower repair place in Woodbine," she said.

Shaughney said she went into the house immediately when they returned. "I looked out the window, and I saw the truck and the mail all over the road and ran outside," she said. "When I saw him, he was under the truck."

Haugh was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No one witnessed the accident, police said. An autopsy is being conducted at the state Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore.

Judging from the abrasions on the body, Tom believes Haugh may have tried to stop the 3,000-pound pickup before it knocked him down.

The truck slowed as it dragged Haugh, Tom said.

Haugh's next-door neighbor, Ben Lettie, said his wife called him on his cellular phone to tell him about the accident. He said he had grown close to his neighbor of eight years.

"I tilled his garden to help him out," he said.

Shaughney said funeral arrangements have not been made.

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