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Man dies after pet dog accidentally runs him over

A 68-year-old Florida man has died after pet Boxer accidentally ran him over in a freak accident.
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A pet Boxer dog accidentally ran over and killed a 68-year-old Florida man Monday, in what police deemed a freak accident. (Wikimedia commons)

TAMPA - A 68-year-old Florida man has died after a pet Boxer ran him over in a freak accident, the Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that James Campbell, a resident of Cantonment, was killed Monday afternoon as he attempted to back into his driveway with wife Iris Fortner.

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The man had left the van to open the metal gates that blocked the driveway and released the dog, which jumped into the drivers side of the car — and activated the acceleration pedal, backing the van over Campbell.

Fortner, who was driving, had attempted to stop the van from backing up after the dog lept into the car — but was unsuccessful.

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Campbell was trapped under the car, and was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, says the Associated Press.

In other bizarre dog-and-human Florida violence, a nude Miami man recently broke into a backyard and attempted to choke a Rottweiler to death, then proceeded to bite the surprised homeowner — who shot him, albeit non-fatally.

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