Police ID man killed by bulldozer while fleeing officers


Police say they found a marijuana growing operation near the area where a bulldozer ran over and killed a man as he fled officers.

A Pennsylvania Game Commission employee operating the bulldozer on game lands near Bernville called police when he saw a car parked in a field. Two men came out of a wooded area, spotted the officers, and ran.

State police said one of the men, 54-year-old David Light of Sinking Spring, was taken into custody and charged with drug offenses and trespassing.

Troopers in a helicopter spotted the second man running through thick underbrush, so the game commission workers used the bulldozer to open a trail.

“As they’re blazing a trail through the brush, the trooper tells the operator to stop. They look behind the bulldozer and they saw the male that they were looking for, was laying on the ground behind the bulldozer as they had already gone over that area,” Trooper David Beohm said.

Police identified the deceased man as 51-year-old Gregory A. Longenecker, of Reading.

They said the bulldozer operator and the trooper on board had no idea what happened.

“I’m telling you, it’s so thick up there, there’s no way — there’s no way you could see somebody laying there,” Beohm said.

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