A man working at a car repair shop in Elizabeth, NJ, was killed when an automobile fell off a lift and crushed him, authorities said.
Otto Benke, a shop employee, was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. at the J&L Auto Body Parts shop on South Front Street, police Capt. Todd Mooney said. Benke was working alone in the shop at the time, Mooney said.
Louis Sakol, the son of the shop owner, told police he went to the auto shop to give Benke a ride home, but found the worker pinned under the automobile on which he had been working. Sakol used a jack to lift the vehicle and pulled Benke out, Mooney said.
Mooney said it appears the vehicle fell off the lift, but police are still investigating.