19-Year-Old Killed When Car Falls Off Lift, Runs Him Over In Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A 19-year-old Newtown man was killed when a car he was working on in the driveway of his home slipped from a jack and rolled over him Sunday morning, police said.

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Family members called 911 at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 2, police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said. 

Newtown Police, the Sandy Hook Fire Department, and Newtown Ambulance responded to the home on Indian Hill Road in Sandy Hook and found the man lying in the driveway, he said.

Officers attempted to provide first aid/CPR to him, Bahamonde said. 

But once a paramedic arrived, it was determined that the man's injuries were fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The man had been working on his personal vehicle in the driveway of his residence, with a jack lift, Bahamonde said. For an unknown reason, the vehicle broke loose from its lifted position and rolled over the man and killed him, he said.

The vehicle continued to roll down the driveway and across the road, where it crashed, unoccupied, into a home directly across the street, Bahamonde said.

The investigation was ongoing, but police said it appears the death "was the result of a tragic accident," he said.

The State of Connecticut Medical Examiner was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The name of the deceased was not released yet, pending notification of all family members, Bahamonde said. 

“No words can express the sorrow we feel for the individual, his family and the first responders who tried their best to save this man’s life during this most tragic accident," he said.

An update is expected to be released Monday, police said.

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