Newspaper Deliverer Dies Beneath His Car

Last Updated: 02-25-19

(Updated Tuesday, Feb. 26)

Staff Report

A newspaper deliverer was fatally injured on Aspen Meadows Circle in Oakmont when his car rolled over him early Saturday, Feb. 23, Santa Rosa Police said.

Gerald Harvey apparently exited his car while it was running and in reverse; the car door knocked him to the pavement and the car backed over him, investigators said.

A resident noticed the car stopped in the street shortly after 6:30 a.m. and investigated. The passenger side door window was down, and the front seat and floor stacked with newspapers.

The resident walked around the car to find Harvey pinned beneath the driver’s side front wheel. Finding him unresponsive, the resident called 9-1-1. The police and fire personnel EMTs responded. The coroner’s office also investigated.

Aspen Meadows Circle was closed for several hours during the investigation.

Harvey, who was 69 and lived in Sebastopol, delivered the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and several area and national newspapers.

Sonoma Media Investments, which owns the Press Democrat, said Harvey had been an independent contractor for the company on and off for 15 years and had delivered papers in Oakmont for the past several years. He also worked at Sebastopol branch of the Sonoma County Library.

Survivors include two sons, ages 10 and 13.