SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Police have been searching for a pickup truck they say fatally dragged a 53-year-old moped driver along a South Bend street for nearly two blocks.
Quenton Freeman of South Bend was killed and a woman with him on the moped was seriously injured when it was hit from behind on a street on the city’s south side, police Capt. Phil Trent said.
Lynn Gentry, 56, was knocked off the moped but Freeman was dragged underneath the truck for more than 1,000 feet before becoming dislodged, Trent told the South Bend Tribune. The truck didn’t stop and dragged the moped two more blocks before it came loose.
Dorothy Gentry said her daughter was hospitalized with broken legs and a broken pelvis following the crash early Sunday while she rode with her longtime boyfriend.
“All she can remember is a truck coming up right behind them,” Gentry told WSBT-TV. “She told him ‘That truck is too close to us and it’s speeding.’ She said the next thing she knows it was boom.”
Police said officers didn’t find anyone who saw the crash, but several people said they heard the collision.
“The crash itself was loud,” James Booker told WNDU-TV. “We heard it over the music while we were upstairs and there were at least 10 people inside.”
The police department asked the public for help in finding what it described as an older model, two-tone red Ford F-150 pickup. Police officials didn’t immediately return telephone messages Monday from The Associated Press seeking an update on the investigation.
Police investigator Lt. Gene Eyster said witnesses reported that Freeman yelled for help after being dragged but he was dead by the time officers arrived.
“It’s a little unsettling when you see someone was put through that,” Eyster told WSBT. “That someone didn’t have the heart or conscience to stay there at the scene, or to at least make a notification shortly thereafter.”