Fatal Pedestrian Accident Highway 120, Cavanero Road, Tuolumne County

 Fatal Pedestrian Accident Highway 120, Cavanero Road, Tuolumne County

Man Run Over on State Route 120 in Moccasin

Tuolumne County, Calif. (April 25, 2024) – A man was run over by his own pickup truck and killed Thursday morning on State Route 120/Highway 120 in the unincorporated Moccasin area of Tuolumne County.

The fatal pedestrian accident occurred at around 8:43 a.m. on Highway 120 or Old Priest Grade at Moccasin Creed D Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 68-year-old Groveland man was stopped in a 2023 Ford F150 Lightning pickup truck at Old Priest Grade when the motorist partially exited the vehicle. The truck was reportedly still in drive and it rolled forward over the driver.

The motorist died from their injuries before help could arrive. The identity of the person was not released.

Meanwhile, the pickup truck was occupied by two dogs as it rolled through a few fences, collided into a building and came to a stop in a field.

The Tuolumne County Animal Control responded to take the dogs.

The circumstances leading up to the deadly crash remain under investigation, but there are some safety issues that may have impacted this vehicle.

2023 Ford Lightening Pickup Truck Transmission Recall

There is a safety issue with the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightening pickup trucks. Indeed, Ford Motor Company recalled about 1,100 of the 2022 and 2023 models of these trucks that are equipped with automatic transmissions in Feb. 2023. Apparently, the transmission may contain a loose bolt which could potentially prevent the transmission from engaging the park gear, according to the NHTSA. The driver may put the gear shifter into the park position, but it may not be engaged.

Later in July 2023, Ford recalled the same 2023 Ford Lightening models due to an electrical issue with the parking brake. Dealers were supposed to install a protective tie strap, tape wrap, and replace the harness as necessary. The pickups affected have a single exhaust system. Apparently, the rear axle housing could cause damage to the wiring harness. If that happens, the electric parking brake could activate unexpectedly.

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Source: CHP Incident: 0063

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