Man ran over by own truck hospitalized

Photo Courtesy Google Maps: The incident took place Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of Red’s Convenience Store and was caught on store surveillance footage. (Photo for illustrative purposes only. This is not the victim’s truck.)

By Jon Johnson

FORT THOMAS – A man who was accidentally run over by his own truck was last reported to be in the Critical Care Unit of Mount Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC).  

The incident took place Sunday at Red’s Convenience Store located at 20587 U.S. Highway 70, just east of Peridot and the San Carlos Apache Tribe Reservation. 

A Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the store at about 12:39 p.m. at the request of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, which received a report of a man being run over by his own vehicle. Officers with the Pima Police Department and Fort Thomas Fire Rescue also responded to the scene.   

Upon the deputy’s arrival, Fort Thomas Fire and paramedics from Lifeline Ambulance were already providing care to the injured man, who complained of abdominal and chest pain.

The man was taken by ground ambulance to Mount Graham Regional Medical Center, where he was last reported to be in treatment in the Critical Care Unit, as of Tuesday, according to the deputy’s report.

The deputy reviewed the store’s surveillance footage which showed the man parked his 1999 Ford pickup truck in the parking lot to the west of the store. As he exited the truck, it began to roll backward. The man then attempted to get back into the driver’s seat but the truck knocked him to the ground and the front driver’s side tire rolled across his abdomen at an angle from his left hip to his right shoulder.

After rolling over the man, the truck slowly came to a stop without striking anything else.