After hitting three cars, driver only injured when his car ran over his arm, police say

A 71-year-old Fresno man who was laying in the middle of the street when police were dispatched to Dakota Avenue and Fresno Street had just been run over by his own car, Lt. Joe Gomez said.

Gomez said the man was driving his Nissan Xterra south on Fresno Street with his 75-year-old wife when he was unable to stop in time and rear ended a Honda Civic at a red light.

As the man exited his vehicle to address the accident, he forgot to put his car in park and that’s when Gomez said the vehicle kept moving and knocked the driver to the ground, eventually running over his arm.

Gomez said witnesses reported the man was also in danger of having his head hurt by the running vehicle as he continued to lay on the ground.

In an attempt to move the vehicle away from the man, his wife, who was still in the car, grabbed the steering wheel and caused it to move onto the intersection where it struck a white vehicle which left the scene in the westbound turn lane of Fresno Street, Gomez said.

After striking that vehicle, the Nissan Xterra reportedly bumped into a third vehicle in a northbound lane of Dakota Avenue.

Despite the chaos and sustaining the injury to his arm, the man chose not to be transported to the hospital, Gomez said.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez