1 dies after being pinned underneath vehicle at campground

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POTRERO, Calif. — A person was killed late Thursday afternoon in a vehicle accident at a campground in the far southern reaches of San Diego County.

The victim, a 71-year-old man from Federal Way, Washington, was fatally injured at about 5 p.m. when a Smart car he had been towing behind his motorhome rolled over him as he was trying to unhitch it at Potrero County Park, police said.

“The male had failed to ensure the emergency brake was set on the Smart Car,” California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Christy said. “The male ran to the rear of the vehicle and attempted to stop its movement, but was overcome by its momentum.”

Some witnesses tried unsuccessfully to lift the car off the man, who was pinned beneath.

When police arrived, they were able to lift the car using hydraulic jacks. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, despite life saving efforts that were attempted, police said.

Authorities believe the deceased man was the only one involved in the accident and said they don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved. The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification.

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