Driver 'reverses and moves forward multiple times,' killing elderly father underneath pickup truck, deputies say

Driver ‘reverses and moves forward multiple times,’ killing elderly father underneath pickup truck, deputies say

(As originally published, Tue, November 14th 2023, 3:33 PM EST)

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (TND) — A man visiting his elderly father in Florida is accused of dragging and running over his father — back and forth multiple times — killing him and leaving the scene.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Mark McKeown and his 86-year-old father were walking in the parking lot of a bar on Saturday evening when the father, Thomas McKeown, “appeared to fall to the ground in front of” his pickup truck.

Then, the arrest report says, “The defendant drove the victim’s vehicle over the victim and then appeared to back over him and pull forward over him multiple times.

“The defendant then left the scene in the vehicle and came back on foot,” the arrest report continued.

“The defendant acted as if he did not know what happened and then left in the vehicle, parking it at another location.

“Blood/tissue was found under the vehicle.“

Then, Thomas McKeown arrived at the hospital where his father was taken and pronounced dead.

Driver 'reverses and moves forward multiple times,' killing elderly father underneath pickup truck, deputies say
Mark McKeown, 61, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of the crash involving the death of his father, Nov. 11, 2023. (Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The arrest report says, “The defendant admitted to driving the victim’s vehicle from the bar and admitted to returning to the scene, but denied seeing the victim on the ground and he denied hitting anyone.

Surveillance footage was collected, which showed the entire offense.“

Mark McKeown, 61, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

The Michigan resident was released from jail late Sunday night in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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