Chief: Ross man killed when minivan fell on him was helping daughter before ‘tragic accident’

The Ross Twp. man killed when a minivan on which he was working fell on top of him was trying to help his daughter by changing her oil, police said.

The man was killed Thursday afternoon after the Honda Odyssey slipped from a jack and fell on his upper body and head, said Ross Twp. police Chief Darryl Haussler.

He said Dennis Ross, 66, was found by his daughter when she returned to the residence in the 2200 block of Cardinal Avenue after running errands that included getting some parts for the project.

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“It looks like he was under the driver’s side front wheel and motor when the jack stand slipped from underneath,” Haussler said.

Haussler said his detective and a neighbor with a hydraulic jack were able to lift the van up to pull Ross’s body out from underneath.

He said Ross was taken by the township life squad to Fire Station 101 to meet the Air Care medical helicopter that was dispatched. However, the doctor on board the medical helicopter pronounced him dead at the fire station, and he was not transported, he said.

Haussler said there was no foul play involved in the accident.

“This was a tragic accident under very unfortunate circumstances,” Haussler said.

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