- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Hall County sheriff’s officials say a mechanic was killed when a car he was working on lurched forward and rolled on top of him.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Bailes tells the Gainesville Times 60-year-old Robert Stokes died Tuesday afternoon when a car rolled on top of him at a shop on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville.

It’s unclear what caused the car to roll forward and the man’s death is under investigation. Bailes tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the vehicle has been impounded and will be inspected by a mechanic to determine why it came out of gear.

The shop’s owner, Aaron Barnes, says he hired Stokes in 1990 and will remember him as an easygoing and helpful employee.

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