A tragic accident Monday afternoon took the life of a Hamilton man.

According to Hamilton Police Chief Keith Madison, at 1:44 p.m., Lt. Tony Yocham was dispatched by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to a vehicle accident involving a dump truck and a pedestrian at Ranglers, 502 W. Main.

According to a press release from HPD, the driver of the dump truck parked at Ranglers and the parking brake released itself.

The vehicle rolled backward across the street, striking William Shanafelt, 65, who was walking back to his house after checking the mail. His back was turned to the parking lot.

The dump truck stopped when it struck a large tree in the yard.

When the driver came out of the store and saw the truck had rolled across the street, he moved it back into the parking lot and chocked the front wheel. It was then he noticed Shanafelt laying in his front yard and called 911 for help.

When Lt. Yocham arrived, he observed the man lying unconscious in his front yard next to a large tree. Hamilton County Judge Mark Tynes pronounced him deceased at the scene.

Trooper M. Orozco of Texas Department of Public Safety performed a Department of Transportation Level 1 inspection of the truck and found numerous violations, according to the report.

The dump truck was red-tagged and put out of operational service. The main violation noted was a defective parking brake.

The operator was cited for the brake violation and released at the scene.

Shanafelt leaves behind a wife and daughter.

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