PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A woman died Monday evening after being accidentally run over by her boyfriend while loading firewood in Woodland, Wash., deputies say.
Forty-three-year-old Barbra Delgrosso of Brush Prairie was hit after the brakes on a pickup truck appeared to have jammed as her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jered Pickner, was trying to back it up.
According to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Delgrosso, Pickner, and a friend were transferring firewood from a broken-down pickup truck to a working one when the accident occurred.
At one point, Pickner tried to back up the operational pickup closer to the stalled one to make moving the firewood easier. However, when he attempted to hit the brakes, they allegedly failed, and the trucks collided, sending the stalled truck rolling down a hill.
Delgrosso was standing in the bed of the stalled pickup when they hit. Delgrosso either jumped or fell out, the sheriff’s office said. Meanwhile, Pickner thought that the truck he was driving had stopped. So he jumped out. However, it also continued rolling down the hill. He jumped back in and stopped it. When he got out, Delgrosso was lying injured underneath the truck.
The group called 911 and drove her to a meeting spot with an ambulance. However, she died on the way to the hospital.
The sheriff’s office said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the event, and there were no signs of foul play. Pickner has cooperated with deputies.
The investigation is ongoing.