Man Rolled Over, Killed by Own Pickup Truck in South Austin

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 8-Jan-2013

A single vehicle accident in South Austin claimed the life of a 95-year-old man when his own pickup truck rolled backwards on him as he attempted to get into the vehicle, Austin police reported.

Officials identified the man who was killed in the Austin rolling vehicle crash, as Ramon Samilpa. Authorities said Samilpa fell when he was struck by the vehicle and was run over by the front tire of the 2002 Dodge pickup truck.

Officials on the scene said that Samilpa was pronounced dead at the scene of the Austin accident.

Police are still investigating the single-vehicle accident in Austin. The reason the truck rolled backward is still unknown.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Samilpa’s loved ones and family.

In some situations, a vehicle and the equipment within it, which are designed to protect us during collisions, can actually provoke injury because of defects or flaws. In recent months, some auto makers have recalled vehicles for risk of rolling, even when keys were not in the ignitions of the affected cars, trucks and SUV’s.

GM, Honda and Chevrolet all recently released recalls for vehicles they manufacture which were found to be at risk of rolling, even when an occupant was not in the vehicle and keys not in the ignition. While the vehicles may be at risk of rolling despite the absence of occupants or keys, the roll risk becomes more serious should occupants attempt to climb inside an affected vehicle or should passersby or occupants be standing near or behind the vehicle.

If you’ve lost a loved one or experienced injuries because of a vehicle defect, call our auto recall attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 800-359-5690, contact our personal injury law firm in Austin online or visit one of the ten office locations we practice from in Travis County and across the state of Texas for a complimentary case evaluation today. We care. We can help.

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