CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man is dead after getting pinned by his truck after it went over a hill on the city's West Side.
William Martin, 67, of Chandler Drive, was turning right onto White Oak Road from Summit Drive shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night when his front left tire slipped off the road, said Sgt. Shawn Williams with the Charleston Police Department Traffic Division.
Williams said the hairpin curve is the site of quite a few accidents. "It's a very nearly impossible turn, but you can make it if you maneuver right," Williams said.
The tires of Martin's Dodge pickup slipped over the left side of the road onto an overhang above a house, Williams said. "There is about a three-foot difference between the pavement and the property," he said.
Williams said Martin got out the truck and went around the front to see if he was stuck and forgot to put the vehicle in park.
A witness said the truck kept rolling when Martin got out. He attempted to stop it but "there was no way he could have done that," Williams said.
The truck rolled down the hillside about 50 feet and dragged Martin with it before pinning him against a house, Williams said.
Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Williams said a deck on the home was destroyed, but he did not believe there was any structural damage to the house. The homeowner, who was in the house at the time of the accident, said she saw the truck roll down the hillside. She was not injured.
When EMS arrived on the scene, they discovered the truck had been left in drive, Williams said.
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