Jack slips, kills man under car Victim, 27, pinned while removing an exhaust pipe

April 23, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man was killed Wednesday when a jack slipped and he was pinned under a car while removing a section of its exhaust system at the Mount Airy Auto Wrecking Co., the Frederick County sheriff's office reported yesterday.

Authorities identified the victim as Darren Daniel Best, 27, of the 100 block of Elizabeth St.

Danny Mandell, manager of the 10-acre lot in the 5500 block of Woodville Road, in Frederick County near the Carroll County line, said the victim was attempting to remove an exhaust pipe from a junked car to put on his own vehicle when the accident occurred.

The manager found Mr. Best's body about 1,000 feet from the front office during a 5 p.m. check of the grounds.

Mr. Best was not an employee of the wrecking company.

He had been given permission to get the part by his brother, Lynn Best, who works and lives in a trailer on the wrecking company property, Mr. Mandell said.

The manager said neither he nor most of the employees knew that Darren Best was in the yard, but his car was found near the office at closing time.

Mr. Mandell said he found the victim's body pinned under a car as he walked through the lot to verify that everyone was out.

Rescue workers were called immediately and a company employee used machinery to lift the car off the victim, who sustained massive chest and head injuries, officials said.

Mr. Best was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Robert Roberts, associate medical examiner for Frederick County.

Frederick County sheriff's investigators said they were told the victim went into the junkyard about 3:30 p.m., but they could not pinpoint the time of the accident.

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