Troopers Locate Driver In Pickup Truck Mattress Death

State troopers say they have now located the driver of a pickup truck that was involved in a bizarre death nearly two weeks ago.

Shortly after WITN and other media sites posted the video, the man contacted the Highway Patrol.

Troopers wanted to speak to the man in connection with the death of 72-year-old John Pippen. Back on February 14th, Pippen fell from the truck as he was trying to hold down a mattress.

Two state troopers responded to the scene and questioned the driver, but neither took a report and had no way to contact the driver. Pippen died two days later at Vidant Medical Center.

Pippen told troopers he thought he only had a hand injury, but slipped into a coma and was on life support for a couple of days.

The Medical Examiner's Office says the man died of a closed head injury when he fell from the truck.

The Highway Patrol says they don't believe the driver did anything wrong, but because of the death they must file a report.

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State troopers are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver of a pickup truck who was involved in a bizarre death nearly two weeks ago.

Troopers say John Pippen was in the back of the pickup and fell while attempting to hold a mattress down.

The accident happened on February 14th on Highway 43, south of Hill's Convenient Store in Pitt County.

The 72-year-old Pippen was injured and taken to Vidant Medical Center and he died two days later.

Troopers are now trying to find the driver of the early 2000's white Nissan Frontier pickup truck. They released store surveillance video of the actual truck Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information should call the Highway Patrol in Greenville at 252-752-6118.