(ran SS edition of Metro & State)
Emergency workers were treating a man injured in a one-car accident Saturday when a tow truck driver discovered a dead man in the car.
The dead man was overlooked by police and paramedics because he was covered in rolled up newspapers.
The injured driver was delivering the papers when he smashed the 1998 Mitsubishi Montero into a tree.
Officers and paramedics responding to the accident worked for at least a half hour before a tow truck driver went to take the sports utility vehicle away.
That's when the man, 25-year-old Francis Lopez of Kendall, was discovered in the passenger seat _ wearing a seatbelt under the pile of papers.
"I just happened to move the papers and I could see the guy's head in there," said tow truck driver Thomas Kayser. "I walked away."
Driver Michael Lindo, 25, of Sunrise, repeatedly told emergency workers he was alone, said Dennis Peloso, battalion chief for Tamarac Fire-Rescue.
Lindo is a route driver for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale. The newspaper said Lindo is an independent contractor and is not a Sun-Sentinel employee.
Lindo received minor injuries and was in fair condition at North Broward Medical Center after the crash.