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Martinsburg man killed when car rolls over on him

February 25, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was killed Saturday afternoon in a subdivision off Meyers Bridge Road when a car he was working on rolled off a jack and pinned him, officials said.

Robert Allen Welch had been pinned under the car for 15 to 20 minutes before he was discovered by a stepson, said Donald Shirley, a medical examiner for Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

The accident occurred at Welch's house on Colonel Meyers Drive in the Greystone on the Opequon development in the northern part of the county, according to Shirley and a 911 dispatcher.

Shirley, who said he was notified of the incident between 1 and 2 p.m., said Welch was working under the car, apparently working on the vehicle's suspension.

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It does not appear that the car's tires were blocked to prohibit them from rolling, and the car drifted forward and off a jack, Shirley said.

Welch was about 35 years old, Shirley said.

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