The highway patrol investigator in charge of the case says many details are not available to give the public right now as the investigation is ongoing.
What they have stated is that before Richard Resnicoff fell of the car, he and his wife, 65 year old Lucille Horton, had some sort of domestic dispute. So far, it is unknown whether he hopped on the vehicle before she was in motion or if she was already roaring off.
The couple’s next-door neighbor, Bill Wescoski, reports he saw the car driving down the street and originally thought it was kids joyriding. At some point it struck him that it was, in fact, his neighbor Richard hanging onto the back.
“And I said, ‘Hey, that’s our neighbor.’ And as he goes down, and then the car sped up, you saw his feet up in the air,” described Wescoski. “And then all of a sudden, boom. And you could hear it hit like a thunk right on the cement.”
According to reports, at this time there is more than one witness to the incident, but the accounts differ enough that they are having trouble getting a clear picture.
Authorities have apparently determined the incident wasn’t “horseplay” based on the fact that Resnicoff was elderly, not a teen with a lack of impulse control.
Resnicoff was reported to be conscious directly after the incident, but died before the medical helicopter could reach the scene to render aid.
As for the wife, she was not injured in the incident. She may, however, face charges based on the fact that she left the scene of the crime, and may face the additional charge of negligent homicide if it is proven she knew her husband was on the trunk when she “sped off”. More details are to be released at the conclusion of the investigation.