Man trying to pull tree stumps with SUV dies in freak accident

92-year-old man hit by SUV in fair condition

AURORA, Colo. - A man removing tree stumps in a yard in Aurora died in a freak accident Monday morning.

Investigators believe the man was removing tree stumps out of a front yard on Scranton Street by connecting a tow strap with a hook from his International Scout sport utility vehicle to the stumps in an effort to pull them from the ground.

Witnesses tell 7NEWS as he was pulling one stump from the ground the strap snapped and flew back into his SUV.

"I saw the rope just fly from the stump to the car and the back window was already gone and that must've been when it went through the window and hit him in the back of the head," said neighbor, Michael Graham.

Investigators said the man's SUV took off across the street, careened through another yard and onto a front porch where 92-year-old Frank Vincent was sitting.

"It hit the corner house, it hit the man that was sitting on the porch. He just flew off the porch onto the side of the house. Then (the SUV) just flipped over on its side," Graham said.

Police said the driver of the SUV was killed but have not released his name. 

The chair the older man had been sitting in was found crumpled across the lawn. Vincent was taken to the University of Colorado Hospital and was listed in fair condition on Monday night.

Neighbors are still in shock that misfortune could strike so senselessly.

"It's a freak accident. It’s very devastating. Our prayers are out to them," said Faith Graham-Kelley.


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