Careful When Working on your Car

Every once in a while it is good to take a fresh look at safety when working on your car at home. A 20-year-old man was tragically crushed to death beneath the weight of a car he was working on in the city’s west end.

The man was in the garage of his family’s home on Princess Margaret Blvd., near Kipling and Eglinton Ave., when the vehicle crashed down on him just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Toronto Police say.

“The car was up on a hoist and he was under the engine doing some work,” Const. Tony Vella said Wednesday.

The hoist apparently let go, dropping the Honda on top of the young man.

But Vella said it was not immediately clear what caused the car to fall.

A family member is believed to have called 911 for help.

Making matters worse, the ambulance that was dispatched was involved in a head-on crash before near Royal York Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. while en route to the scene.

The two paramedics and the lone occupant of the other car were treated for minor injuries.

A second ambulance transported the mortally wounded man to the trauma centre at Sunnybrook hospital.

Vella said the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital,

The dead man’s family comforted each other at their home Wednesday, but were too grief-stricken to talk about their loss.  What a terrible, unnecessary accident!

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