Jack gives way; SUV crushes Bethel man
A 58-year-old Bethel man was killed Saturday afternoon when the SUV he was working underneath fell and crushed him, according to state police.
Lloyd James Vinton, 58, was working under the rear of his Suzuki Grand Vitara outside his Kelly Station Road home between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. when the pump jack elevating the vehicle reportedly gave way.
A representative for the Armstrong County Coroner's Office said it appears Vinton was working on the vehicle's sway bar when the jack disengaged, sending the SUV onto his upper chest.
A relative discovered Vinton's body under the vehicle. Deputy Coroner Josh Starr pronounced him dead at the scene, and the death was determined to be accidental as a result of compression asphyxiation.
The county sheriff's office, state police, Bethel Township Fire Department and Ford City ambulance assisted at the scene.
Mantini Funeral Home in Ford City is handling funeral arrangements.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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