MANTORVILLE — A Mantorville man died Wednesday morning after being struck by a piece of construction equipment.
Darrel Faulkner, 80, of Mantorville, was riding his bike near the intersection of Third Street West and Walnut Street in Mantorville at about 7:26 a.m. when a truck was traveling down the road, watering new sod along the north side of the roadway, according to a report from Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose.
At some point, the truck made contact with Faulkner who went down on his bicycle and got caught up underneath the truck, resulting in his getting run over by the truck and killed.
A call to Dodge County dispatch was made with the caller reporting that the victim of the collision was on the ground not moving. The caller added it was unknown if the victim was breathing.
Sheriff’s deputies responded and arrived on scene within just a few minutes. They discovered the bicyclist had been run over by a water tanker truck owned by Elcor Construction, the contractor doing road construction in that neighborhood in Mantorville. The bicyclist was dead on arrival and was identified by his driver's license found in his wallet in his pocket.
The driver reported he never saw the bicyclist before the incident, Rose's report states.
The Minnesota State Patrol was on scene to assist with accident reconstruction and inspection of the truck involved, Rose reported. Also responding to the scene were the Olmsted County Medical Examiner’s Office and Dodge County Sheriff’s chaplains.
Charges are not expected to be filed against the driver in this incident, the report states.