The dean of the business school at Keiser University died on Wednesday when he tried to prevent his car from being towed from outside his Lauderhill home, police said.
Elias Konwufine, 39, jumped on the running boards on both sides of the tow truck then fell under the wheels of his car as the Capitol Towing wrecker pulled away, Capt. Rick Rocco said.
"The car was picked up from the rear end so the front wheels were slightly turned," he said. "The car is not following true behind the truck, it's kind of like on an opposite angle, so this guy gets run over by his own car as the tow truck driver's going forward."
It happened around 6:25 p.m. on the 3300 block of Northwest 67th Way. Konwufine's car was parked on the grass in the Sienna Green Condominiums development in violation of condo association rules, a neighbor said.
Konwufine was pronounced dead at the hospital about two hours later, officials said.
The school released a statement that read, in part: "Keiser University is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Elias Konwufine. Dr. Konwufine touched and positively shaped the lives of his students, alumni and colleagues in special ways, every day, and collectively our hearts remain heavy as we cope with this tremendous loss."
Traffic homicide detectives will determine whether to file charges. ___