Apple Valley woman, 65, dies after run over by own vehicle at Sage campground
SAGE, Calif., — Authorities say a woman was killed when she was run over by her own pickup truck at a rural RV park and campsite in the unincorporated community of Sage, south of Hemet, early Tuesday morning, Jan. 4.
According to witnesses, the victim was in the process of loading her dogs into her vehicle after failing to place the truck in park, when it suddenly reversed – knocking her to the ground and running her over.
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California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire – Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the Tucalota Springs RV Resort & Campground, located at 41601 E. Benton Road, shortly before 7 a.m., CHP Officer Mike Lassig has since said of the fatal accident.
When officials arrived, they found the victim, identified only as a 65-year-old Apple Valley woman, under the left front wheel of a 2015 GMC Canyon pickup truck, according to Lassig.
She was pronounced deceased at the scene by Cal Fire paramedics.
During their subsequent investigation, officers determined the victim had exited her pickup truck but failed to place the vehicle in park, inadvertently leaving the truck in reverse, when she exited the driver’s side door, according to Lassig.
The victim’s vehicle then traveled in reverse, knocking her to the ground, where she was fatally pinned under the front, driver’s side wheel.
Two dogs the victim was reportedly attempting to place into her pickup truck when she was run over were uninjured in the deadly accident and were later turned over to a friend or family member of the victim at the scene, Lassig went on to say.
CHP’s investigation is continuing, and the victim’s name will be released by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office after family notification has been made.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
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