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East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – A man was killed March 6th while trying to stop a truck from rolling down a hill at 13220 Aurora Drive in El Cajon. He has been identified as Roy Sterner, 39, of Chula Vista.

Sterner was visiting a friend’s residence to work on the truck, but while he was pushing it to the front of the driveway, the truck began rolling downhill.  Sterner ran after the vehicle and tried to get in through the open window on the driver’s side, with his upper body in the vehicle and his lower body outside.

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office, the truck kept rolling downhill about 200 yards into a drainage ditch, then up a small retaining wall, striking a palm tree in a front yard. The victim was ejected from the truck and landed in a concrete drainage ditch.

Residents called 911 and emergency personnel responded, initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Despite aggressive resuscitative efforts death was pronounced via radio by a local hospital.

The California Highway Patrol in El Cajon is the investigating agency for the bizarre tragedy.