Tree trimmer dies in freak accident in Lake County

27-year-old Apopka man dies after being pinned between pickup, pole

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - A 27-year-old Apopka man who was killed Wednesday in a freak accident in Lake County has been identified.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the fatal accident happened at a home on Suburban Terrace and Shore Drive near Winter Garden.

According to troopers, Donovan Thorney parked a pickup truck in the driveway of a home and detached a trailer from the pickup.  The pickup began rolling down the driveway because it wasn't in park and the emergency brake had not been applied, the FHP said.

Thorney attempted to stop the pickup by climbing onto a running board on the driver's side of the pickup, but before he could open the door, the pickup struck a telephone pole, and Thorney became pinned between the pole and pickup, according to troopers.

Thorney was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.

The pickup continued to roll until it crashed through a fence across the street, the FHP said.

The crash remains under investigation. 

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