Defective Products Kill Young Man Dies When Car Jack Fails

November 26, 2014

Defective products kill: young man dies when car jack fails

When we use machinery and devices that are put into place to keep us safe, we expect those devices to do the job they were manufactured to do. When those devices or products fail and seriously injure or kill someone, the fault lies with the product’s manufacturer and/or the business that sold it to the victim. When people are injured by these defective products, they need sound, experienced representation to fight for them against corporate attorneys and insurance companies that attempt to settle for pennies on the dollar.

This past Monday, a promising young man from Grindstone, Fayette County, PA died from injuries incurred after he was pinned beneath his Ford Mustang. The 19-year-old Brownsville High School graduate and IUP student was working on his car at around 2 p.m. on 18 November in a parking lot when the jack used to hold the vehicle up failed and allowed the car to crush his chest. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, the young man died shortly after 4:30 p.m. this past Monday from asphyxiation caused by compression of his chest. His death has been ruled an accident.

Most recently a sophomore sports administration major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the young man was a standout football player at Brownsville High School before he graduated in 2013. He played linebacker on defense and both tight end and fullback on offense. As a senior, he was named to the Fayette’s All-County team.

Friends and family had nothing but great things to say about the young man and are devastated that his life ended so tragically and short. Police say a few of his friends found his pinned underneath the Mustang and called paramedics. Paramedics treated the victim at the scene, then rushed him to Indiana Regional Medical Center. Shortly thereafter, he was Life-Flighted to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

As his family is arranging his funeral, there are many questions as to why the jack gave way and, especially if it was built to withstand the weight of the vehicle. If the jack is indeed a defective product, a lawsuit will likely be had against the manufacturer of the jack and possibly Ford if the jack is a component that came with the vehicle.

If you have been injured by a defective product, or if you have lost someone close to you because of a manufacturer’s negligence, call the Pittsburgh defective products attorneys at Goodrich and Geist today for a free consultation at 412-837-8426 or 800-806-2456. Source:, “IUP student dies from injuries after he was pinned beneath car” 25 November 2014