Wareham first responders free man trapped under car

Jan 25, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat A man trapped beneath this car was freed by Wareham first responders with the jaws of life on Thursday afternoon.

Wareham first responders freed a 69-year-old Middleboro man who suffered “significant life-threatening injuries” after being trapped under a van Thursday afternoon, according to the Onset Fire Department.

The incident happened at approximately 1:14 p.m. in the parking lot of the Soft Touch Car Wash at 3083 Cranberry Highway in East Wareham where the man is an employee.

Officials said the man was struck by the van as it was exiting the car wash and was “dragged a short distance and remained trapped under the vehicle.” Police said the driver of the van is a 66-year-old Naples, Florida resident.

Onset firefighters arrived on the scene, secured the vehicle and raised it to free the man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his family. He was then taken to Tobey Hospital where he was flown to a Boston-area trauma center for treatment.

As of Friday morning, the man remained in critical condition.

The incident is being investigated by the Wareham Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Police said driver of the van was unaware the employee was struck initially and is not expected to face criminal charges.

Wareham first responders secure the scene after a man was trapped beneath a car in the parking lot of the Soft Touch car wash. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (2)
Posted by: philzao | Feb 01, 2018 18:50

"Officials said the man was struck by the van as it was exiting the car wash and was “dragged a short distance and remained trapped under the vehicle.” Police said the driver of the van is a 66-year-old Naples, Florida resident."

" Police said driver of the van was unaware the employee was struck initially and is not expected to face criminal charges. "

 

So, how do you not face criminal charges when you run someone over ?

 

If you are driving, ( obviously distracted if you don't see a human right in front of  or behind your car ) , and then  run them over because you were unaware that you hit them with your car,  how is that not criminal negligence ??

 

You can't just run someone down with your vehicle and say that you did not see them..... seeing stuff that your car could hit is pretty much the basic required skill for driving, no ??

 

If someone who understands the law could explain this to me, I would be grateful.

 

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 01, 2018 22:15

Phil, out of respect for the situation, I’m not going to say much.

 

Obviously the police wouldn’t have let the driver go if he knowingly struck and ran the poor man over, even if it was an accident.  There's got to be more to this.

 

I read in another source that the man was already on the floor in the track of the car wash as the car approached.  The man possibly tripped and fell while he was working. The car was being propelled by the car wash mechanism.  The driver was unaware of the man.



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