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Devon dad of nine 'crushed to death by car'

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

An inquest into the death of Dean Parkinson hears he was crushed by a car rolling on him

An inquest into the death of Dean Parkinson hears he was crushed by a car rolling on him

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An inquest has heard how a Devon man was crushed to death on his driveway as a car he was working on rolled on to him,

Dean Parkinson, 37, a dad-of-nine, from Sidmouth was pronounced dead at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital on Saturday, February 15 after his fiancée discovered him under the Lexus.

Emma Taylor told an inquest how she was getting their baby son ready for bed but after shouting out to Dean she got no response.

She then went out on to driveway and walked round the Lexus where she discovered Dean's lower body protruding from under the car and the jack on its side.

She then dialled 999 and frantically banged on neighbours' doors to summon help, the inquest heard.

Three men lifted up the car and Emma and another woman dragged the tree surgeon clear.

He was given CPR at the scene before being airlifted to an Exeter hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An inquest into Dean's death heard how he made the tragic mistake of using a jack designed just for changing a tyre at the side of the road and had not put on the hand brake or left the car in gear.

Coroner Andrew Cox said he may have been under the car tightening up something when it rolled off the makeshift jack and fell on top of him.

Dean, from Sidmouth, Devon, was working alone on the car which he had bought to repair and used a tyre jack from another model to prop it up.

A post mortem report concluded that Dean suffered crush injuries to his chest following the accident in February last year.

A forensic vehicle examiner said the scissor style jack was not mechanically defective but said it was designed to be used for changing a tyre at the side of the road but not for when people were under a vehicle.

Fireman Chris Hunt confirmed the handbrake was off and the car was not in gear at the time and the car rolled towards a fence and the jack toppled over and Dean was crushed.

Mr Cox concluded: "It was a tragic accident."

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