County man crushed by falling car

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Warren County man was killed Saturday afternoon after a vehicle he was working on fell on him, crushing and smothering him, said authorities.

Richard E. Smith, 49, was replacing a transmission in a garage at his home at 555 Poole Road when a jack beneath the vehicle apparently gave out and the full weight of the vehicle crushed him, said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

Authorities responded to the call shortly after 3:30 p.m, and found Smith beneath the vehicle.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

“He had not been seen since around 2 o’clock, and a friend who was delivering him something he needed discovered him around 3:30,” said Pace, who added there was no indication of foul play.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey pronounced Smith dead at the scene shortly after 4 p.m., citing asphyxiation and trauma to his chest as the cause of death. 

Huskey said Glenwood Funeral Home will have charge of the arrangements.   


Contact Steve Sanoski at