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UPDATE: Man killed after secretly clinging to semi truck was veteran, father


A man who died after falling off a semi truck in Pennsylvania late last month has been identified as a veteran and a father. 

39-year-old Paul Donnelly climbed “onto a tractor trailer truck and lie down on the chassis between the cab and the trailer while it was stopped at an intersection in Ephrata Borough” in Pennsylvania on Christmas Day, a police report stated. 

Donnelly then “held onto the underside of the chassis upside down as the truck pulled away and out of camera view from the intersection.” Just under a minute later, the truck drove past Martin Avenue and Donnelly was dislodged from the truck, ultimately causing his fatal injuries. No charges are being filed in this case.”

Donnelly was found lying in the road at 12:29 a.m. EMS responded to the scene but Donnelly died there of his injuries. The coroner’s office has determined that he died of blunt impact trauma, reported the Daily Voice.

Donnelly was a marine, registered nurse, and a father of three. It is unclear why he climbed onto the tractor trailer. His funeral was held on Wednesday, January 4th.


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