A 55-year-old mans relaxing Tuesday afternoon on Hollywood beach ended with a rush to the hospital after a small city pickup truck rolled over him, according to police.
The accident happened about 2:15 p.m. when a beach safety supervisor overseeing lifeguards going about his duties and pulled the truck onto the beach near 6000 N. Ocean Dr.
The supervisor drove to the top of a beach dune and looked out at the lifeguards and people swimming. After a minute, he started to roll the truck down the sand to get closer, rolling over the beachgoer, said police spokesman Sgt. Lester Cochenour.
The whole time, he had no idea someone was laying at the bottom of the dune, parallel to the drop off, Cochenour said. He didnt know he ran over anybody.
Cochenour said investigators believe the supervisor couldnt see the person, a Hollywood resident, over the truck.
People who saw what happened waved down the truck and the supervisor, who went back and rendered aid.
The beachgoer was conscious afterward and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood for treatment. Cochenour said, according to the hospital, the beachgoer had burns from the exhaust system, abrasions and small cuts but no crushing injuries.
The supervisor was being cooperative and talking to police, he said.
No names were released Tuesday by police.
Its not the first time a beachgoer has been run over while laying on the South Florida sand.
In 2011, then-Miami Beach police officer Derick Kuilan decided to go for an oceanfront drive on his police-issued ATV with a bachelorette hanging on the back and ran over tourists on the sand.
In 2003, a Miami Beach officer in an SUV drove over two French sisters who were sunbathing, killing one.