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Wife Accidentlly Runs Over Husband

August 26, 2000

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) _ An 82-year-old man was killed when his wife accidentally backed over him with their car while trying to drag him to the house after he had fallen in the driveway, police said.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Detective Tracy Warkentien described Franklin Gray’s death Thursday as a ``freak accident.″

Gray, who is legally blind and uses a cane, was going for a walk along the driveway when he fell. His 87-year-old wife, Leta, tried to help him up but couldn’t.

Gray asked her to drag him back to the house with a rope attached to the couple’s car, Warkentien said. She came back with an extension cord and tied it to his belt.

The belt broke as the car started moving up the 44-foot driveway. The wife then tied the cord to Gray’s ankle, Warkentien said.

When the extension cord broke, police said Gray asked his wife to back the car closer to him so he could reattach it. But, police said, her foot apparently was on the gas instead of the brake and when she put the car in reverse it backed over him.

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