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Batavia man trapped under car rescued by local trio

By Howard B. Owens

Fast action by three people on Swan Street this evening saved a Batavia man from possible serious injury after a car he was working on slipped off a jack and trapped him.

The man, Dean Case, started yelling and two men nearby heard him as well as two boys.

The boys, Peter and Philip, ran to get their mom, Kim Koziol, who called 9-1-1. Jeremy Fitzsimmons and his friend Josh Fye, who was visiting from Darien, rushed to see what was going on.

They said all they could see was Case's legs sticking from under the car. Fitzsimmons ran to get a jack and Fye pushed the car from behind to keep it from rolling back further onto Case. Koziol then came with two wheel ramps and pushed them behind the rear tires to help hold the jacked-up vehicle in place.

Case, who was working on his transmission, stood up immediately after he was pulled from under the vehicle, and he was fully conscious. Fitzsimmons said his first words were, "Next time, I'm calling L&L."

A short time later, Officer John Zola and Batavia Fire personnel arrived on scene. Mercy EMS transported Chase to UMMC for evaluation.

Fitzsimmons and Fye demurred when asked if they were heroes. "We were just in the right place at the right time," Fye said.

Doug Yeomans

Haha at "uplifting"! Nice pun! If you're going to work under a vehicle, use the jack plus one other means of support and always chock TWO wheels in front and behind each of both tires. Glad to hear Dean is okay and nice job to all involved with their quick thinking!

Apr 8, 2010, 10:01am Permalink
Bob Price

He's lucky it was a vehicle that has a bit of ground clearance...why would you work on vehicle on the grass in spring when ground isn't fully dried out? Howard,you'll probably get a good traffic count for site this month- the Buzz in Rochester has this story linked on their website! This isn't first time they've used this site for a story link-

Apr 8, 2010, 10:27pm Permalink
Howard B. Owens

Bob, thanks ... actually, the Buzz has linked to us four or five times. The first time was when Philip was still here and he ran a mug shot of some bugged criminal suspect. They had a lot of fun with that.

Apr 8, 2010, 10:37pm Permalink

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