State police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old Milford man in an incident that took place early Friday morning at the Sunoco station north of Milford on U.S. 113. Police say the man was killed while working underneath his truck, when it was inadvertently put into reverse, trapping him underneath.
The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the death of a 27-year-old Milford man that occurred Friday morning at approximately 6:55 a.m., after he was found unresponsive underneath a pick-up truck he was working on.
Troopers responded to the parking lot of the Sunoco Gas Station located at 840 Bay Rd., north of Milford, after 911 was called reporting a man was trapped underneath the truck and appeared unconscious.
When emergency service personnel arrived they moved the 1985 Dodge Ram pick-up off of the man and attempted to save his life, but the man had already died. Investigators have determined that the male subject was traveling south on US 113 when his vehicle experienced transmission problems. As a result, he pulled into the parking lot of the gas station and began to work on the truck.
The truck was running when he laid on the ground underneath it just behind the left front tire, and police said that at some point while he was attempting to fix the transmission from underneath the vehicle, the truck was inadvertently put into reverse and the vehicle moved backwards, pinning him on the ground with the tire abutting his neck and head.
As referenced above, when medical personnel arrived and moved the vehicle off of him he had died from injuries sustained. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The state’s medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine specific cause and manner of death. Investigators do not suspect foul play and are investigating this as an accidental death.
Police are delaying the release of the man’s identity pending notification of his next of kin.