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Winchester Man's Death Raises Car Safety Concerns

"The biggest thing that a lot of people tend to do is they just leave it as that. They don't put something else under there to support it just in case that jack happens to give out," said Armel.

WINCHESTER, Va. – For many, working on your car does not usually raise questions of safety until the recent death of a 68-year old Winchester man.

"On Tuesday, we were called for the 100 block of Bruce Drive for a report of an unattended death. A male was found by a family member pinned underneath of an older vehicle," said Lauren Cummings, crime prevention specialist with the Winchester Police Department. 

Winchester police say the man was working on his car outside of his house when it appears the car fell on him. Police say it is a tragedy that could have been prevented by taking the proper safety procedures.

Scott Armel, service director of the Winchester Buick GMC says it is always best to have another person with you or act as supervision if you are to choose to work on your car at home.

Armel says people generally use a roll jack, a tool that is not always reliable.

"The biggest thing that a lot of people tend to do is they just leave it as that. They don't put something else under there to support it just in case that jack happens to give out," said Armel.

One of the main reasons many choose to fix their car themselves is to save money. However, if the issue is severe, it is recommended that a professional take over.

Probably the biggest thing is just if you don't feel safe working on a product yourself to make sure to take it to someone or to get advice from someone that has a little knowledge,” said Armel.

It is knowledge that is well worth the money to save a life before it becomes too late.

Police say the man was alone at the time of the incident. His name is not yet being released and the case is still under investigation.






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