What could make a person's day worse than getting hit by a truck?
How about said person being hit by his or her own truck...and then receiving a citation for it.
According to an item in the Salem police department's daily log for Monday, multiple units responded to Tremont Street in the area of Churchill Street at 1:42 p.m. after receiving a report of a motor vehicle accident in the area. Officers arrived to find a man later identified as Brian Reynolds, 40, of Lynn, lying face down in the road.
Reynolds told police that as he was driving down the street, the brakes stopped working on his 1987 Chevy. In response, he tried to stop the moving vehicle the old-fashioned, Fred Flintstone way.
"The brakes to his pickup truck failed on the decline of the roadway just before the entrance to Mack Park," one of the responding officers wrote in the log. "As a result he opened his drivers door and put his left foot out trying to stop his truck."
When that didn't work, Reynolds reportedly attempted to turn his truck up a hill to the right side of the road, but police say it caused him to fall out of his open door.
The truck drove over his left leg, rolled further down the street - luckily without involving any other vehicles - and crossed the road before hitting a fire hydrant and coming to a stop.
He was transported to Salem Hospital with what police describe as a case of road rash and possibly a minor leg injury, but according to the report, his accident expenses won't end at auto repairs and medical bills.
He was issued a $35 citation for driving with defective equipment.
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