Man killed by WW II Tank in freak accident

M5A1 at Base Borden Museum, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, Canada. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

A day of fun at a family reunion in California over the weekend turned tragic after a guest was run over and killed by a military-style armored vehicle.

A member of the family told the Reporter News: “An invited guest at our family reunion tragically lost his life when he was involved in an off road vehicle accident on private property.”

The family, as can be expected, is in a state of shock and some have been “inconsolable since the accident.”

The victim, Kevin Wright, was 54-years-old and described by others as “a passionate person, always ready to lend a hand.”

The accident happened on private property between Interstate 80 and Suisun Parkway in Fairfield, according to the local paper.

California Highway Patrol says Dwayne Brasher was given permission by the owner of the vehicle — a 1944 World War II model M-5 military tank– to offer rides around the property to other guests.

Brasher was driving the vehicle through an open field on the property, while Wright was riding on the front edge of the tank, facing inwards, according to CHP officer Chris Parker.

“As the tank travelled down a dirt hill, Wright lost his balance and fell backwards, directly in front of the tank,” Parker said.

M5A1 at Base Borden Museum, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, Canada.  Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
M5A1 at Base Borden Museum, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, Canada. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

One of the event organizers added that his family is reaching out to agencies to provide “intensive counseling” to everyone who witnessed and was affected by the accident.

“I’ve never heard of something like this,” Parker said. He added that there are no regulations when it comes to that type of vehicle on private property, and that there are several military-style vehicles on the property.

Brasher was not arrested, as a result of the accident.

 

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