Mechanic crushed to death after car fell on him

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A strong gust of wind may have caused a freak accident in which a Doncaster pensioner was crushed to death under a car.

Len Chase, aged 69, was welding the chassis of a four-wheel-drive off-roader in his workshop in Littleworth Lane, Rossington, when it fell on top of him. The semi-retired car body repairer had used a forklift truck to raise the Ford Maverick six feet off the ground, when he was killed, an inquest heard.

A post-mortem examination showed the grandfather died from traumatic asphyxia due to compression of his chest. He suffered 18 fractured ribs. Police accident investigator Gerald Barton said: “It is my opinion the wind may have been sufficient to dislodge the vehicle.”

Coroner Nicola Mundy recorded a verdict of accidental death.