Man killed when car he’s working on lurches forward, crushes him

A Grand Junction man died early Wednesday when a car he was working under suddenly lurched forward, authorities said.

George Chapman, 44, died after being pinned to the ground, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said. Chapman died of “positional asphyxia” in what the coroner’s office ruled an accident.

Grand Junction police were called out around 3:45 a.m. to Sanford Drive, near Acorn Travel Plaza at 2222 U.S. Highway 6&50. A passing trucker reported finding a body under the front section of a Chrysler passenger car.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said responding officers found Chapman pinned underneath the front end of the car. Officers found the car engine running, engaged in forward drive.

Authorities as of Wednesday night had not released an explanation about how the car moved forward while Chapman was outside, working underneath the vehicle.


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