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Man Accidentally Crushed To Death While Working Under Vehicle In Monroe
April 19, 2017




Front of auto parts store in Monroe where accident happened. Image with Map is below.


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(MONROE, WA.) -- Police say a man was accidentally crushed to death Tuesday while working under his van in Monroe.

The incident happened during the 8 pm hour in the heart of the city's shopping district right on Highway 2 which runs through the city.

Monroe Police officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the O’Reilly Auto Parts store in the 19000 block of Highway 2 in Monroe on a report of "an unconscious subject found underneath a vehicle."

"Fire District 7 personnel were first on the scene and located the subject lying underneath a vehicle that still had the engine running," said a Monroe PD statement.

Efforts to revive the man who appeared to be in his early 20’s were unsuccessful.

Employees in the store told police the man had been in the store off and on throughout the day and was working on a vehicle in the parking lot.

They last time they saw the man was in the store around 8:30 pm.

A couple walking through the parking lot noticed the unconscious man under the vehicle and reported it to store employees who called 911.

"Investigators believe the person may have driven the vehicle up on a curb in the parking lot to elevate the front end. The vehicle appeared to have slipped off the curb causing injury to the person underneath," sad the Monroe PD statement.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will determine identification of the victim as well as cause and manner of death. The vehicle, a 1989 Ford Econoline Van was towed from the scene.

Death of man in Monroe not uncommon accident

What happened to the man in Monroe is, unfortunately, a rather common accident among people who work on their own vehicles.

In September of last year in Louisville, Kentucky a man lost his life after his vehicle fell on him when he was changing a tire.

In this instance, as in Monroe, it happened in a parking lot and also involved a man working under his van. Police say the man was underneath a white van in the parking lot of a motel trying to fix the tire when the vehicle slipped off the jack and crushed the man to death.

In October of 2016 in Houston, Texas a man was killed, also in the evening hours on a weekday, while he was working under a car at an auto shop.

Police say the man, in his 50's, was working under a car that wasn’t properly secured. It apparently slipped and fell on the man, crushing him. He died at the scene.

The culprit in all of these fatal accidents was not having the vehicle properly and solidly secured in order to safely work underneath it.





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