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Man Run Over By Vehicle While Sleeping In Tent At Freeman Park

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CAROLINA BEACH - A 55-year old homeless man was sleeping in his tent early Sunday morning at Freeman Park on the North End of Carolina Beach. A large four-wheel drive vehicle ran over the tent with him inside.
Carolina Beach Police Detective Harry Humphries said Monday April 16, "It was a hit and run. The driver of the vehicle never stopped. He might not have even known that he had run over a tent."
Humphries said Dale Joseph Sheeler was able to pull himself out of the tent and alert nearby campers to call 911. He said, "We have some leads, but would appreciate the publics' help. If anyone has any information they can call our tip line at 910-458-1246."
Humphries said the man was sleeping in his tent near zone 6 in Freeman Park. He said the driver more than likely was trying to avoid hitting a pole in the area as he was turning and ran over the man.
Humphries said while vehicles have to pay for a vehicle access permit to drive on the beach at Freeman Park, anyone can walk in for free and camp for up to 14 days free of charge.
He said, "There are two other homeless individuals sleeping out there."
The man in the tent was taken to the hospital and was in good condition with minor injuries including some broken ribs.