PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman was run over by a large construction vehicle at a Florida recycling center.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that 82-year-old Ida Kuhlmann Pacheco died Tuesday morning at Recycling Services of Florida in Pinellas Park.
Police say Pacheco had gone to the center with recyclables to be weighed and sold at the plant. For unknown reasons, she wandered away from the customer area and walked outside toward a roadway used by front-end loaders. Officials believe she was initially knocked down and then caught beneath the wheels of the 30,000-pound vehicle. The driver of the Cat 930M Small Wheel Loader didn’t see the woman until making a lap and seeing her on the ground.
Investigators say the death appears to be an accident and don’t expect to file criminal charges.