Dr. Elias Konwufine of Lauderhill, Florida was killed Wednesday while he was attempting to stop his car from getting towed, news sources report. Konwufine, 39, ended up getting run over by his own car and was pronounced dead at an area hospital shortly afterwards. Reports did not provide the identity of the tow truck driver. An investigation into the accident is ongoing and it is not clear whether criminal charges will pressed.
Reports say Konwufine was the dean of the Keiser University business school prior to his death. The school released a statement following his death, saying, “Keiser University is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Elias Konwufine. Dr. Konwufine touched and positively shaped the lives of his students, alumni and colleagues in special ways, every day, and collectively our hearts remain heavy as we cope with this tremendous loss.”
Reports say the accident occurred around 6:25 Wednesday evening outside the Sienna Green Condominium complex, located in the 3300 block of Northwest 67th Way. Konwufine had reportedly violated the condominium’s rules by parking his vehicle in the grass, and a tow truck was called in to remove the vehicle.
Konwufine returned to his car while it was being towed and attempted to intervene by leaping on the tow trucks’ running boards, reports say. However, as he did so, the tow truck driver pulled away and Konwufine fell to the ground. He was then run over by his own car, which was being pulled by to tow truck. It is not clear whether the tow truck driver has Konwufine.
“The car was picked up from the rear end so the front wheels were slightly turned,” a police spokesperson said. “The car is not following true behind the truck, it’s kind of like on an opposite angle, so this guy gets run over by his own car as the tow truck driver’s going forward.”
Paramedics rushed Konwufine to a nearby hospital, where he died from serious injuries a few hours later, reports say. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. It is unclear whether detectives will charge the tow truck driver with any wrongdoing. Reports say the truck belong to the Capitol Towing Company; it is unknown whether they made a statement regarding the fatal accident.
In other accident-related news, three people were injured and one was killed in a St. Lucie County accident Sunday when an SUV overturned on a stretch of Interstate 95, reports say. One of the vehicles’ occupants was killed, while three others were taken to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries. The identities of the injured parties have not yet been released to the public. An investigation is ongoing; at this time it is unclear what may have caused the accident.
Reports say the crash occurred at around 5:00 Sunday evening on I-95 between Okeechobee road and Midway. The driver, who was southbound on I-95, lost control of a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The SUV veered across the interstate’s median, rolled over, and came to a halt in the northbound lanes, reports say.
Two men, including the deceased, were thrown from the vehicle during the crash, while two women remained in the vehicle. Paramedics rushed the three survivors to the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute with unspecified injuries. It is unclear whether the driver was among the injured.