Florence Police identify pedestrian killed in dragging incident as Colbert County Coroner

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FLORENCE, Ala. - "It's tragedy upon tragedy for this family," said Florence Police Chief, Ron Tyler.

Authorities have confirmed that a pedestrian killed on Monday in a bizarre accident has been identified as the Colbert County Coroner, Carlton Utley.

Florence Police say a driver who was pulling a utility trailer was flagged down because something was under his trailer.

It was discovered to be the deceased. Authorities say he was dragged for several blocks.

Carlton Utley (WHNT File Photo)

"Just no way to describe some of these circumstances and situations like this. It's a horrific accident. Our heart goes out to the Utley family and this whole community," said Chief Tyler.

Chief Tyler said Utley had gotten out of this truck at the corner of Tombigee and Court Street. As he went to cross the street, he went in between the truck and trailer.

Investigators say the family member driving the truck didn't know Carlton Utley was there when he pulled away.

"It was just a horrible accident that compounds the scene when you have a family member who is involved, and who was the driver of the other vehicle," said Chief Tyler.

Utley was in his second term as the Colbert County Coroner, and was also a volunteer fire fighter in Spring Valley as well as paramedic for Keller Ambulance Service.

Colbert County Probate Judge Daniel Rosser will be naming a special coroner until Governor Ivey can appoint Utley’s replacement. In the meantime, officials said Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High will assist Colbert County as needed.

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