Lancaster man dies after being dragged by car

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 14, 2014 

— A Lancaster County man died on Sunday after authorities say he was hit by a car and then dragged underneath it for several feet.

At about 10 a.m., police were sent to the area between Rutledge and Sumter streets after receiving calls about an accident between a pedestrian and car, according to a Lancaster Police report. When they arrived, officers saw a gray Buick sitting in a field, seemingly stuck in a ditch.

Two men were trying to lift the car to free the man out from under it, the report states. An officer looked under the car and saw a man trapped underneath. He checked the man's pulse and realized there was none.

Jeremy Peay, 34, of Lancaster had been standing on the side of the road when the car backed into him, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

He was trapped beneath the car and dragged into a grassy field for about 10 to 15 feet, Broome said. He had to be extricated from beneath the vehicle.

An official cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy, scheduled for Monday, is completed, Broome said.

It was unclear Monday morning if the 48-year-old woman who drove the car had been charged.

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