Victim was working on his truck when it lurched forward
■ Chronicle News Staff
A 58-year old Hemet man was killed Monday, Aug. 27, when the car he was working on unexpectedly lurched forward and crushed him.
The Riverside County Coroner identified the victim as Carlos Garcia.
Hemet Police Dispatch Center began receiving various 911 calls reporting a traffic collision in the area of San Jacinto Street and Central Avenue a little after 5 p.m. When responding Hemet Police officers arrived at the scene, they found Garcia on the ground between two vehicles in front of a residence in the 300 block of South San Jacinto Street.
Garcia was not breathing and the officers began CPR and continued until relieved by Hemet Fire Department paramedics. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive him, and Garcia succumbed to his injuries. Hemet Police traffic investigators were called in to assume the investigation.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Garcia’s truck was parked on the street and that he was working on the vehicle’s engine.
At some point, the vehicle started up and lurched forward, pinning Garcia between his vehicle and the one parked in front of it. A nearby resident was able to move the other vehicle as the officers were arriving, which gave them access to Garcia to begin CPR, albeit unsuccessfully.