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Imperial man, 67, dies when jack collapses, car falls on top of him

July 17, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — A man doing repairs to his family car here Monday was crushed to death when the jack gave way and the car fell on top of his chest.

According to the county Coroner's Office, 67-year-old Doral Arguilez was working on his car in the morning.

It was a hobby of his to tinker with the vehicle, a four-door sedan, said Imperial County Fire Department Capt. John Green.

Arguilez was last seen by his wife as he was working on the car about 10:30 a.m. behind their house in the 100 block of West Ralph Road.

When Arguilez did not come in for lunch, his wife went outside to check on him about 1 p.m. and found her husband pinned underneath the car.

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Family members called 911 and ran outside to flag down any passerby that might help.

Green said two state Department of Transportation workers were driving by and managed to jack the car off Arguilez.

When county fire crews arrived minutes later, about 1:20 p.m., they determined Arguilez had died.

The exact time he had died was unknown as of this morning, officials said.

Authorities said Arguilez typically would go in for lunch after 11 a.m.

According to county fire Capt. Lon Hettinger, the car landed on Arguilez's chest.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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