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Slipped Jack Might Have Led to Wake Mechanic's Death at County Garage

Posted February 27, 2008

— David Champion, 33, was killed Tuesday afternoon when the back end of an ambulance on which he was working fell on him at the Wake County General Services Fleet Management facility, Wake County manager David Cook said during a news conference Wednesday.

A car jack might have slipped from underneath the ambulance that fell on the mechanic, according to preliminary findings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Paramedics waiting on another ambulance at the Capital Boulevard garage attended to his injuries. He was transported to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, Cook said.

Work in the garage, where 14 people are employed, was halted for at least 48 hours, and Wake County safety inspectors and the North Carolina Department of Labor are investigating.

"Wake County is decidated to finding out exactly what happened," Cook said, reading from a written statement. "We are working with officials and investigators and assisting in every way we can."

Cook said the Department of Labor has inspected the garage five times since 1990 and never found serious violations.

Champion worked for the county for more than four years. The county is providing grief counseling to employees.


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  • Doddlebug12 Mar 3, 2008

    May Neal, Polly, Gray and Lynn find comfort in each other as you deal with the loss of such a wonderful man.

  • happily married Feb 28, 2008

    "I Agree" I will surely pray for your family as well. Please let your sister know I will keep her and his family in my prayers.

  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 28, 2008

    THis is really heart breaking! Hopefully the family can find peace. My thoughts and prayers to the family!

  • WOLFPACKFAN73 Feb 27, 2008

    My heart goes out to his family, friends and co-workers.
    These folks are in my prayers.

  • houndie Feb 27, 2008

    Praying for his family. He was young...too young.

  • illegals--GO HOME Feb 27, 2008

    My prayers and condolences to the family and friends.

  • SOCLOSE Feb 27, 2008

    My condolences to the family and friends.

  • jenmire Feb 27, 2008

    My husband grew up with him. I know he was very loved and will be dearly missed. My prayers go out for the family and friends. He will be dearly missed by his racefans and community. :(

  • I agree Feb 27, 2008

    "Happily MArried" His girlfriend of 9 years is my sister, they were pratically married, he was like family to us. We are having a hard time with all this as well...please share prayers for both families...we miss him so much : (

  • PikeMom4real Feb 27, 2008

    I had a friend this happened to about 17 years ago.It was right in his front yard on the concrete.His wife came out and found him.It's horrible enough for this to happen at all,let alone if people were watching.I feel for his family/friends.