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Lakewood man killed while working on van at gas station

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 1, 2009 at 8:04 am |
April 1, 2009 8:04 am

A 68-year-old Lakewood man was killed early today when he was hit by his own van while working on it at a gas station.

The incident occurred at a gas station located at the corner of Berkeley Street Southwest and Union Avenue Southwest just after midnight, Lakewood police Lt. Dave Guttu said.

The man was in front of the van when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle rolled over him and knocked him to the ground, Guttu said.

“He was pinned underneath for quite a while,” he said.

The man died at the scene. Lakewood patrol officers responded and conferred with detectives about the investigation, Guttu said. The man’s death is being investigated as accidental.

The van was taken as evidence. Investigators will be checking over the van to see if a mechanical failure prompted it to roll over the man, Guttu said.

“We were told the emergency brake didn’t work,” he said.

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