FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – New details have emerged in the death of a Lauderhill professor who died last month when he tried to stop a tow truck driver from taking his car.
According to the incident report, Keiser University associate dean Elias Konwufine, 39, was alert and talking, and didn’t appear to be critically hurt, when talking with police and paramedics after the accident.
Konwufine was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he died in surgery less than two hours later from “serious internal injuries.”
The incident happened January 16th when Konwufine arrived home at the Sienna Green condos on NW 67th Way around 6:30 p.m. Both of his assigned spots had cars in them; one belonged to his wife, the other to a tutor who helped the couple’s son.
Konwufine decided to temporarily park partially on the sidewalk since residents are not allowed to park on the street in the complex. A short time later a neighbor knocked on Konwufine’s door to say his car was in the process of being towed.
Konwufine’s wife ran outside while he ran to get his keys.
The tow truck driver has said when he went to leave with the car Konwufine came out, jumped on the truck’s running board and started pounding on the window. As the driver slowed down, he realized Konwufine was no longer on the truck. That’s when the driver said he felt a ‘bump’.
Konwufine’s Mercedes had run over him. Lauderhill police said there are conflicting reports as to whether Konwufine got off the truck or fell.
Konwufine’s wife said when she looked over at him he was face down on the ground with blood coming from his forehead.
Police are still investigating and so far no charges have been filed against the tow truck driver.