EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A man was killed after the vehicle he was working on ran him over Wednesday night in Central El Paso, according to police.
Filiberto Beltran died after a 1997 Ford F-250 ran him over at about 7:28 p.m. in the 2600 block of Lackland, an El Paso Police Department news release stated.
Police said Beltran and the owner of the truck, Rafael Casares, were working on the vehicle, which was placed in neutral. Both men stood in front of the truck and attempted to start the vehicle from the engine bay. The truck started and rolled forward.
Investigators said Casares was able to move out of the way but Beltran was pushed down by the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.
Police said “failure to properly secure the vehicle” contributed to the deadly accident.
The department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is handling the case. This is considered the 25th traffic fatality, compared to 23 at this time last year.