Man Dies after Getting Trapped Under a Car

The man was not from Rhode Island.

A man has died after getting trapped under a car on the side of West Allenton Road this morning.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. 

Capt. Steven St. Onge of North Kingstown Police said it appeared that the man was trying to fix his muffler and had jacked up the car before it fell.

The man's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Photos from the scene showed the car, a BMW, had Connecticut registration plates.

: Police ID victim as 54-year-old Conn. Man.

C Lynch May 30, 2014 at 09:10 AM
What?? Aww.. Pull the bmw over obviously texting illegally, weirdo!
Liz Robberson May 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM
This man worked with someone I know, he worked in Newport at NUWC.
Chris Shaw May 30, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Linda, what in inconsiderate human being you are. Someone's father, husband, and son was killed in a tragic accident, and you take the time to complain because they are 'perhaps just passing through' North Kingstown and go on looking for sympathy because it could have been your uncle and that other news about a fire on Route 1 was not reported. I am sure the closure of route one was an inconvenience, but your complaint should be aimed at the Patch, not the accident victim. Perhaps the family can grieve a little for your terrible suffering in having to read an article about their loved ones death and not about the road closure. Maybe next time keep your thoughts to yourself.
Linda Zanghetti Sherman May 30, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Chris, you have completely misunderstood my post. It is indeed newsworthy, as I pointed out, a tragic accident. It absolutely should be reported in the next edition of The Patch,when adequate details are available. However, this is the second article in the last several weeks that came through as "Breaking News" that read more like The Patch wanting to be the very first to report a tragedy. This to me is insensitive to the victims. My uncle in CT doesn't even drive a BMW. I should have phrased my statement, "I would hate to be a person who knows a male from CT who drives a BMW through RI"...it was meant as a generalization that someone in that situation could be needlessly worrying after reading this article. Finally, I am not implying, nor do I in any way believe, that a road closure is more newsworthy than the death of a human being. My point is that the road closure is closer to breaking news as this information can help NK residents stay clear of the area while emergency crews do their job and yes, re-route. I do not understand how you felt my post was directed at the victim, it was intended as feedback to The Patch. Would I seriously use my full name if I were going to be as insensitive and inconsiderate as you state. I am truly sorry that you misconstrued my post. Thankfully, I know the people that know me can assure you I am far from, "an inconsiderate human being." I am sincerely sorry for the family that has suffered the loss of a loved one, whoever they are, wherever they may be. I don't recall seeing a follow up article in The Patch today, I may have missed it, but that is really what my point was.
Mark Schieldrop May 31, 2014 at 07:29 AM
I never care about "being first" when I post breaking news alerts. I send them out when I determine that there is public interest in something, such as a lost dog, a road closure as you mentioned (I didn't hear about any road closure, or I would have if I did), or a matter in which the public should be notified through our e-mail list. This tragic incident is heartbreaking and I sent out the alert only because I had a few inquiries about it and assumed people would want to know what happened. The fact the man died and I confirmed that shortly before making this post is coincidental - I was about to post that the man was transported to the hospital when the new information came in. I've covered a lot of tragic events and know first hand what it feels like to be a family member in such a terrible position. I'll point out that I had photos of the scene that I did not publish while other outlets were posting them before any kin was identified. I can't speak for other media outlets, or other reporters, but the last thing I try to do is sensationalize a tragedy or worry about being first to report something like this. And even if I was first, I've been a journalist for far too long to feel any pride or satisfaction in being the first to report something like this. I appreciate the feedback and understand that our "breaking news" and alert system isn't ideal for situations like this. But please understand I'm a human being covering multiple sites and trying to selectively report on what I can accomplish in one day, every day, and I don't have the luxury of a newsroom with multiple reporters, editors and producers doing what I'm doing by myself. In this case, I don't feel I was being sensationalistic or insensitive at all.


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