A Pennsylvania man was accidentally crushed by a bulldozer while trying to hide from cops.
District Attorney John T. Adams said Gregory Longenecker fled from law enforcement on July 9 after they found him and another person growing marijuana near a local school.
While Longenecker’s alleged accomplice was captured, police said the 51-year-fled into the bushes.
A bulldozer was used to help clear the brush while a police helicopter helped search for the man. Once they spotted him, he evaded authorities again by reportedly hiding under the bulldozer when it came to an abrupt stop.
Police were not aware Longenecker had crawled underneath the vehicle and when it started again he was crushed under its treads. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Berks County Detectives were assigned as the independent agency to investigate the death along with the Pennsylvania State Police. It was found to be accidental.
Longenecker was under the influence of several drugs, including methadone and amphetamine, at the time of his death, Fox43 reported.
“The decedent’s judgement, perception and coordination would have been considerably impaired at the time of his death due to this intoxication,” according to an autopsy report obtained by the station.
Adams sent his condolences to the Longenecker family, saying it was “unfortunate” that a life was lost.