One Solano County man is dead after he fell off of a moving tank, and was crushed as the tank rolled over him.
According to property records, the accident on the Fairfield property owned by Jelly Belly CEO Herman Rowland, who according to family friends, began a collection of military vehicles which he had restored.
California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker says the accident happened during a family reunion party. Parker said people rode the tanks as part of the entertainment.
The accident victim, only identified as a 55-year-old man, sat on the front of a tank as it passed over a bump, causing the man to fall in front of the tank's track.
A source close to the family says the victim was a friend of the Rowland family, who volunteered to help move the military vehicles.
Parker says the accident happened around 2:30, Saturday afternoon. He says the victim was pronounced dead as soon as medical units arrived minutes later.
Rowland Releases Statement Regarding Incident
Herman Rowland, the CEO Jelly Belly, released a statement regarding Saturday's incident that killed one man on a property that he owns.
"An invited guest at our family reunion tragically lost his life when he was involved in an off road vehicle accident on private property. Our family is grieving over this tragic loss. The gentleman involved in this accident was a passionate person, always ready to lend a hand and we shared the same deep rooted love of history. To have him die so tragically during our family reunion is impossible to comprehend. We are all still in a state of shock," said Herman.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. We will do everything in our power to help them get through this enormous loss," he added.
The identity of the man will not be released until the family is notified.