ORLEANS – Authorities are investigating the death of a 47-year-old woman who fell out of a moving pickup truck that eventually ran over her.
Witnesses tell police that they saw the truck moving slowly on Finlay Road when the passenger door opened and Diane Cole fell out. The truck’s rear wheel then struck the woman just before 5 p.m. Friday, causing extensive injuries.
Driver Dennis Maskell of Orleans was arrested at the scene and initially charged with drunk driving and negligent operations. Charges were later upgraded to motor vehicle homicide after the victim died in hospital.
The 69-year-old Maskell was released on bail and is expected to be arraigned in Orleans District Court Monday.
Investigators are piecing together events leading to the incident. They say it appears Maskell and Cole are acquaintances.