UPDATED: Man Killed After Car Falls On Him

by ARLnow.com August 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm 9,038 29 Comments

A man was seriously injured after a car on which he was working fell on top of him in the Douglas Park neighborhood of South Arlington.

The man reportedly had the car propped up on a small jack when something when wrong and the vehicle fell on him. Police, firefighters and paramedics responded and managed to remove him from underneath the vehicle, a Toyota Camry sedan.

Police aren’t commenting yet on the man’s condition, but initial reports suggest his injuries were very serious. The incident happened in an apartment parking area off of the 1100 block of S. Thomas Street.

Update at 5:00 p.m. — Police have now confirmed that the victim died from his injuries.

The Arlington County Police Department is investigating the death of a man that occurred this morning.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., police and medic units were called to the 1100 block of South Thomas Street for a person injured while working on a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, it was apparent that the person was deceased. The victim has been identified as Miguel A. Interiano, 63, of Arlington. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Arlington County Police Department Tip Line at 703 228-4242, or Detective Cynthia Garcia at (703) 228-4195.

  • metro

    This is why you never get under your car if you’re using the factory emergency jack for changing a flat tire. Always use at least jack stands.

  • MB

    Ouch! Poor SOB. And yes, jack stands.

  • Stanely


    Other lesson. When you are changing your tire – put the other tire under the car while you are working. If the car falls off the jack, the car will fall onto the other tire.

    It’s a little protection. You still want to keep yourself clear of the car – but just in case your foot is too close, this might provide just enough clearance to get your foot out.

    • Wow

      I actually learned something today on arlnow. Nice. It’s refreshing to hear some useful advice and not constant schtick.

      • Schtick

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  • Whitney Wilson

    I hope the guy is OK or can recover.

  • Grateful

    From the pictures it appears he was not changing a tire-both right side wheels are up on the curb. Appears he was doing something else under the car while using jack to elevate the left (driver’s) side.

    • metro

      I wasn’t trying to imply that he was changing a tire, but just using the generally inadequate jack that’s found in a car’s trunk. It’s never a good idea to be under a car unless using anything other than jack stands or a real hydraulic lift.

    • Alexandrian

      I’m no expert, and I was going to say the same thing. The passenger side of the car is on the curb, the driver side is (was) jacked up, and the front tire isn’t flat. Also, why would you be “under” the car to change a flat? Sounds to me like the poor SOB was trying to either fix something with the car…

    • Hmm

      Was he removing a wheel boot?

  • 1234

    Also make sure to put chocks behind the tires still on the ground. It’s possible that if the parking brake isn’t on and one of the driven wheels is off the ground, the vehicle can roll back, falling off the jack.

    • JoeSchmoe

      Could not agree more. These photos look like the car was on a bit of an incline (although could just be bad pictures). Gravity is already trying to make the car roll back. And it looks like he had the front in the air–in a front wheel drive Camry–so that the transmission is not locking the rear wheels. Chocks are a must in this situation.

      Hope the guy pulls through.

  • Steve85

    Hopefully he can recover ftom his injuries



    • 1234

      Also, PLEASE don’t use cement blocks under jack stands — then can and will shatter under load.

  • Skeptical

    Ouch. I grew up in those apartments, in the 1100 block of S. Thomas, for four of my school years anyway. I don’t believe there is a level spot on that street.

    I always thought it was considered a part of Barcroft and not of Douglas Park.

  • Chad

    “…small jack when something when wrong…”

    I believe ‘when’ should be ‘went’.

  • Poor sap should have been using the right equipment.

  • Arlwhenever

    May God rest his soul. Prayers for his family and friends.

  • johnny b

    Had a neighbor years ago over near Fairfax Hospital did the same thing in his driveway…he was not found for hours after the car dropped on him.

    Jack stands or ramps….damn cheap compared to being dead.

  • Mickey

    The way to change a tire is to have your wife or girlfriend do it and you sit back in the shade and drink a few beers and supervise. Make sure that she wipes down the tools and puts them away when she is finished. Also make sure that she takes care of the most important tool…..you

    • SouthArlJD

      For crying out loud, there is a time and place for everything and this is not the time or place for callous, smart-ass comments. The man died. People who loved him are devastated. Don’t be such a shallow fool. Sheesh.

  • brendan

    come on… save the snark.

  • Amy

    This is at the Barcroft apartments not Douglas Park.

  • Very sad.

  • CW

    I thought there was a “no comments on deaths” policy, or is that only for suicides?

    • Tabby

      Good point.

  • les

    for the ones that said SOB, have a little respect im his family and it’s sad when you find this type of comments. What if that was your father and brother and you’re here making stupid comments like that. He was trying to change the muffler when something went wrong, thanks for your prayers everyone.


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