Thursday, August 30, 2018


DA: Death of man crushed by bulldozer while hiding from police in pot grove was accidental

By Barbara Barr

WGAK News 8
August 28, 2018

PENN TWP., Pa. -- Berks County District Attorney John Adams has determined that the death of a man who was crushed by a bulldozer while hiding from state police last month was accidental.

Investigators said Gregory Longenecker intentionally crawled under the bulldozer when it came to a stop, and he was caught under the treads when it made a turn as it started moving again.

An employee with the Pennsylvania Game Commission was using the bulldozer to clear heavy brush in a field next to Snyder School Road in Penn Township on July 9 and noticed a suspicious vehicle.

Police were called and found several marijuana plants, investigators said. Police also spotted two men. One of them was taken into custody, but police said Longenecker ran.

A state trooper and the game commission employee used the bulldozer during the search for Longenecker because the brush was too dense to walk through, according to investigators. Longenecker's body was later found under the bulldozer.

According to the autopsy report, Longenecker was under the influence of methadone, amphetamine and cannabinoid, and the levels of methadone and methamphetamine were in the toxic level.

"The decedent's judgement, perception and coordination would have been considerably impaired at the time of his death due to this intoxication," Dr. Neil Hoffman wrote.

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