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Florida B-School Dean Dies in Towing Accident

Florida B-School Dean Dies in Towing Accident

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The dean of a Florida business school died when he was run over by his own car while trying to stop it from being towed.

Elias Konwufine, 39, was the business school dean at the Fort Lauderdale campus of Keiser University. The accident happened Wednesday evening outside the dean’s home in Lauderhill, west of Fort Lauderdale.

Konwufine’s car was parked on the grass at Sienna Green Condominiums in violation of the condo association’s rules, Lauderhill Police Captain Rick Rocco stated. When a tow truck started to tow the vehicle, Rocco said, Konwufine jumped onto the truck’s running board in an attempt to stop him. Konwufine fell off the truck and under the wheels of his own vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center two hours later, the police captain said. No charges have been filed and cause of death has not been determined. ”We’re going back to the scene to see if there were any video recordings,” Rocco said Friday.

“Dr. Konwufine touched and positively shaped the lives of his students, alumni and colleagues in special ways, every day,” the school said in a statement. “Collectively our hearts remain heavy as we cope with this tremendous loss.”

Lavelle is an associate editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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