A 54-year-old man died after falling from a moving truck while coming from burying another neighbor.

The incident occurred near Granville Cemetery on Sunday.

Window Chitatu popularly known as Uncle Tato in Canaan was pronounced dead upon arriving at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital.

Death at a funeral ...Neighbor Falls To Death - ZiMetro News

The deceased was reported to have been among the people who watered and put final touches to the grave of their female neighbor laid to rest at the cemetery.

One of his friends Tanatswa Maringazuva told a local reporter that Uncle Tato was run over by the truck when he fell, a version vehemently denied by the truck driver Owen Chiteru.

Death at a funeral ...Neighbor Falls To Death - ZiMetro News

Maringazuva told the publication that the driver went on to dump Uncle Tato at a house opposite the place where mourners were gathered.

He also said the driver was forced to lodge a police road traffic accident report and they ferried Uncle Tato to hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arriving.

Chiteru denied hitting the deceased saying the case is now under investigation.

He said Uncle Tato fell down before he moved the truck and he was visibly drunk.

He was lifted back into the truck and Chiteru drove them back to the house where mourners were gathered only to be called later that the guy had passed on.

Uncle Tato’s family spokesperson Eurita Benhura told the publication that the deceased was a diabetic and epilepsy patient.

Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachii confirmed the tragedy saying the driver faces capable homicide charges and warned people over clinging to moving vehicles and merrymaking at funerals.

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