Crane truck runs over man, closes roads in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, Fla. - A large crane truck ran over and killed a man Tuesday morning in Palm Beach, closing South County Road at Royal Palm Way.

Police say after hitting and killing the pedestrian the crane continued for about a mile because the driver didn't realize a person was struck.

The crane was heading east on Royal Palm and turning south on South County Road when the incident occurred. It ended up stopping on Jungle Road.

Keith Nardone, who saw the scene unfold, said he frantically beeped his horn and tried to get the driver's attention. "The next thing I know I saw the little man fall underneath the truck, in the middle of the truck not in front of the truck, but he fell under the truck and I see him holding on and the truck was dragging him and I tried to toot my horn and make the guy stop."

Police say the driver, Christopher Geroda of Royal Palm Beach, is cooperating with them.

The crane is owned by Beyel Crane and Rigging. Geroda's co-workers say he has been with the company more than twenty years and is extremely distraught.

Geroda has seen a grief counselor and has not been charged.

Police identified the victim as 68-year-old James Brennan of West Palm Beach.

NewsChannel 5's Chris Stewart and Christina Noce contributed to this report.

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