Run over sunbather, driver identified
Hollywood Beach sunbather hospitalized after being run over by city's beach safety truck
City of Hollywood officials identified the sunbather who was run over by a beach safety truck, just south of the Dania Beach pier Tuesday afternoon.
Timothy Clingerman, 36, was lying near a dune on a Hollywood beach when he was run over. Authorities say Vincent Canosa, a supervisor with the city's beach safety division, was checking on lifeguards and swimmers and didn't see Clingerman as he started to drive his truck over the dune. Passers-by flagged down the Canosa, who rushed to Clingerman's aid.
"As he was going out onto the beach, he rolled over a dune and unexpectedly ran over a person who was laying in the sand," said Hollywood Police Sgt. Lester Cochenour.
"He was all cut up. That's all we know," said one witness.
"There was blood coming from his head and his eyes," said another.
The marks on the sand show that the truck rolled off the sand ledge and onto Clingerman.
Police say Canosa didn't know he had hit anyone until people flagged him down. He then ran over to Clingerman and called 911.
"The lifeguards came down in their pickup trucks and police came in. It was a big to do," said Kristine Litchfield.
City of Hollywood officials are reviewing emergency vehicle operating procedures on the beach.
"Is there anything additional to the lights and sirens, the back-up alarm, the current policies that we have that might enhance safety," said City of Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story. "Last year on our beach, these vehicles were involved in 160 different rescues."
The coexistence of people and motorized vehicles on the beach can prove dangerous.
In November of last year, two sunbathers were struck on South Beach. Four months earlier, a Miami Beach cop joyriding on his ATV slammed into a couple.
Authorities say Clingerman, a Hollywood resident, was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with scrapes, bruises and burns from the truck's exhaust system. He is listed in good condition.
Canosa has been with the City of Hollywood for 31 years. He started as a lifeguard in 1981.
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