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Truck slips off jack, kills Wake County man

Posted August 22, 2013

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— A 71-year-old Wake County man died Thursday morning after being pinned under a pickup truck while rotating its tires, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said. 

Investigators responding to a home in the 1100 block of Taos Trail about 8:45 a.m. found Merle Roger Tobias pinned. 

Tobias' wife told WRAL News that her husband, who went by Roger, was rotating the tires on the car when the jack slipped. 

No other information was released.


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  • Whosays Aug 23, 2013

    So sad, will be praying for the mans family, so sorry for your loss.

  • thomasew Aug 23, 2013

    My Dad convinced me that rotating tires by using a jack in the back yard to lift your truck is a risky thing to do. He had a friend that died the same way. A truck fell on him while working underneath with it jacked up. Like one poster below noted, if they charge several dollars a tire to rotate them, it is money well spent.

  • thinkin out loud Aug 23, 2013

    I knew a lady that was helping her husband work on his car that was up on cinder blocks when it collapsed. He had gone inside and when he came out she was pinned under the car and later died. The saying the right to tool for the job rings true in many ways. So sorry for the loss this family is feeling.

  • NCHighlander Aug 23, 2013

    Most places charge around fifteen dollars to rotate your tires. For the safety alone that's money well spent.

  • Southern Gal Aug 22, 2013

    To Mrs. Tobias,
    Am so sorry for your loss.
    Will keep you and your family in prayer for navigating thru this difficult time and to find peace.

  • djofraleigh Aug 22, 2013

    I'm with Whatelseisnew in wondering why he would be under the truck when rotating tires?

  • beachboater Aug 22, 2013

    A friend of my daughter found her husband dead under a car when she got home several months ago.

    Unfortunately, it's not that uncommon.

    Jack stands (quality jack stands) are considered safe when used properly.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 22, 2013

    This is such a sad story. Condolences to his family. He was probably doing something he enjoyed. My brother loves restoring classic cars and going to car shows. I cringe when I think of what could happen to him while he's enjoying himself. His best friend, a doctor, died under one of his cars when it fell off the jack a couple of years ago.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 22, 2013

    "So saving a few dollars was worth this mans life. I know you like to do it yourself, but think man."

    For most people it is not because you like it or it is just saving a few dollars. I have saved many thousands of dollars, AND I have accumulated expertise that allows me to know if a shop is trying to rip me off. Sometime I use shops if I do not have the needed tools to do the repair myself. Other times, it is a job that exceeds my repair skills or my willingness to attempt a difficult repair. Plus it is not easy to find a reliable shop you can trust.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 22, 2013

    One of the things I do when I have a vehicle on jacks is to put wood blocks in place that will catch the vehicle if a jack stand slips. It is always quite risky to go under a raised vehicle.