Do-It-Yourself Dangers

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

A man was rushed to the hospital today after the sport utility vehicle he was working on fell on top of him.
He was so injuried, he could only whisper for help.
Fortunately, neighbors of the Mobile City Trailer Park. including 60–year–old Donald Rogers, rushing to the aid of the resident who's jeep cherokee fell on top of him.
Rogers sprang into action to help his friend who crushed beneath the car.
The victim was rushed to the hospital.
Another example of how dangerous working on your own car can be.
Last month, 44-year–old George Chapman was working under his car when it rolled forward and pinned him, he was found dead the next morning.
As more people try to save a few dollars on car repairs. there may be more do–it–yourselfers out there this summer.
Car expert Joe Armenta has some tips before you become your own personal mechanic, "Make sure you check your owner's manual for the proper places to put your car jack."
There specific points where you should place a jack so you're vehicle doesn't fall off, however, today's victim did used a jack, but he broke rule number two.
He worked on his car while on an unsteady, gravel driveway.
The victim's name is still unknown as of press time.
However, 11 News was told he was taken to the hospital with serious but non–life threatening injuries.


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  • by Rachel Location: Grand Junction on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    My husband almost died and you are calling him a moron? you have no heart! Why even say anything like what Cindy says why say anything at all keep it to your self! To Cindy I wish I could repay you for helping him! He is the world to me and It hurts me that I was not there to help him. Thank you you are an angel! He will be trying to walk today with a brace on. He might be able to come home tomorrow! Thank you again! He calls you his angel. :) If posible can i get the names of who helped?
  • by C Location: Grand Junction on Jun 25, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    I find it pretty messed up that people waste their engery and time leaving meaningless, non-helpful comments on a very unfortunite and sad story. Like the saying goes- if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. But then again, we do live in a world full of mean heartless people. NOW THAT, is very very sad. "Whatever happened to common sense"? Try...what ever happened to compassion and decent people?!?!?!?!?! Dan, I hope you have a speedy recovery! Hang in there!
  • by Rachel Location: Grand Junction on Jun 25, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    To Jokr My husband almost died and your calling him a moron? accidents happen Im sure things have happened to you and you would get mad if someone called you a moron!
  • by joe Location: clifton on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    whatever happened to common sense. a little would have went a long way.
  • by dan Location: st marys on Jun 24, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    i would like to thank those that helped save my life you are truely angels in my eyes thank you so much i dont think i could ever repay you for what you did for me im just so lucky that you came when you did much longer and i dont think i would be here today
  • by cindy gagnon Location: grand junction on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    my husband Rocky Gagnon, our friend Carmen Engh, and my brother in law Del Gagnon found the nieghbor under his jeep got the jeep off of him called 911 and his wife and then sat with him and reassured him so he wouldn't give up until the paramedics arrived on the scene, they are responsible for saving this man's life, but because they wouldn't sign a release you just made up the details. Carmen knocked on several doors in the trailer park screaming for help and no one would even an open the door until after the ambulance arrived then they formed a group of onlookers. You should have reported that these people didn't wish to be identified instead of making up false details, so evidently you thought that instead this would be a good time to drum up some business for the local automotive repair shops in the valley. I think maybe that this might be the last time I will be seeing any news on your news!
  • by jokr Location: gj on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    The truly sad part of this story is that this moron has probably procreated, spawning future generations of SUV drivers who think they're smart enough to fix them. The irony is that if he drove something more economical, he could afford to pay an expert to fix it.
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