SAN LEON — A man found critically hurt beneath an SUV last week has died, and authorities on Tuesday asked for the public’s help to learn how he became pinned.
Despite firefighters’ daring rescue attempt, Brian Vaughn, 59, of Bacliff died Sunday at the University of Texas Medical Branch, according to the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:46 p.m. Aug. 28 reporting a man was in a ditch and pinned beneath a maroon, 2001 Ford Explorer at Third Street and Avenue C, said spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo.
“Right now, we’re focusing on who was driving the car,” Tuttoilmondo said. “We have our suspicions, but we have to put that person behind the wheel.”
San Leon Assistant Fire Chief Scott Lyons found Vaughn beneath the SUV. He had no pulse. Firefighters rescued Vaughn, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him for about 20 minutes and detected a pulse, Lyons said.
An ambulance took Vaughn to the medical branch in Galveston, where he was pronounced dead Sunday, said John Florence, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy was expected to be performed today or Thursday, Florence said.
Deputies learned the vehicle traveled west on Avenue C, Tuttoilmondo said.
“When it got to the intersection of Third Street — it’s a T intersection — it simply went straight through and impacted the ditch.”
The person who called authorities happened upon the scene after the accident. Deputies found someone else at the scene and are investigating whether that person could have been the driver, Tuttoilmondo said.
Deputies hope to learn whether Vaughn was walking near the intersection when he was struck, if he was in the SUV or whether he was helping push the SUV from the ditch when ran over him.
Tuttoilmondo asked anyone with information to sheriff’s office headquarters at 409-766-2322.