Strongsville OH Freak Accident: Elderly Man Killed at McDonald’s Drive-Through

06/23/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Strongsville, OH—A freak accident occurred at a McDonald’s drive-through, tragically claiming the life of an elderly man on his 86th birthday on Monday, June 21, 2010. The accident occurred at the fast-food restaurant in Strongsville, according to information provided by

Reports indicated Richard Lowrie was in the drive-through line at a McDonalds restaurant along Pearl Road when he apparently dropped either his glasses or some change outside of his vehicle.

Upon attempting to pick them up, however, Lowrie accidentally pressed down on the accelerator pedal. Lowrie was left hanging by his car as it careened forward, eventually smashing into a wall.

A construction worker on a Bobcat apparently witnessed the horrific incident, which trapped Lowrie on impact. The worker, Colin Hyle, went on to pull the vehicle away from the wall as responding police officers held down the brake. “What else would you do for that poor man, so I got him unstuck,” Hyle said.

It was not specified whether Lowrie was rushed to a hospital after the incident or if his severe injuries proved fatal at the scene. The Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office determined Lowrie’s cause of death to be “blunt force trauma.”

Lowrie was apparently getting coffee for his wife, as he did habitually, when the freak accident occurred. His distraught family provided little comment on the incident, merely noting that he was a kind man and that they were very shaken by the wreck.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers.

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