Freak accident claims life of mechanic while working on car


BY KARYL WALKER Editor — Crime/Court Desk

Tuesday, December 31, 2013    

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A man is now dead after a car he was repairing fell on him at Whitehall Avenue in St Andrew, yesterday.

The dead man has been identified as Clive Lewis, 44, mechanic of 55 Mannings Hill Road.

Police report that sometime after 10:00 am, Lewis had propped up a Subaru Justy and was under the car effecting repairs when two blocks, which he used as support, crumbled under the weight of the motor vehicle causing it to fall on him.

He died before eager residents could use their muscle to lift the vehicle off him.

Some persons in the large crowd of onlookers, who gathered at the scene, had harsh criticism for the police who, they say, were slow in allowing them to lift the car off Lewis. They maintained that he was still alive when the cops arrived on the scene.

"The police dem ah apprentice. Them move slow and we coulda save the man life. Me hate them cause dem come inna dem pretty clothes and a gwaan like dem stoosh. Before dem just allow we fi lift the car offa the man. Him woulda live. Me hate police," one woman hollered with tear-filled eyes.

The onlookers also had harsh words for members of the Fire Brigade who arrived on the scene after Lewis had already succumbed to his injuries.

"Gwaan back whe you coming from. Look how long the man under the car a suffer and unu just a come. Unu worse than the idiot police. Me hate the whole a unu," one man said.

Lewis was sprawled on his back with his eyes half-open.

Lewis's daughter, who asked not to be identified, was at a loss for words. The grieving woman told the Jamaica Observer that her father had left his home in good spirits and no one could fathom what his fate would have been just hours later.

"Him was a good father. Him treat me good and work hard for him living. I don't know how we are going to do without him," she told the Observer.





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