Man crushed in suspected quake-related death

Man crushed in suspected quake-related deathBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office located a 56-year-old deceased man pinned under a vehicle on July 9 in Pahrump, Nev. Circumstances led investigators to believe that the unnamed man’s death was a result of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4. The death is so far the only suspected earth quake-related fatality.

According to a release from the NCSO, deputies were dispatched to an area near the intersection of Becky Lane and East Fort Churchill Road around 1 p.m. on July 9, where they discovered the deceased pinned beneath an early-model Jeep. He was reportedly last seen at a Pahrump gas station on July 3.

According to preliminary discoveries, the man appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death and the vehicle was jacked up safely, said Sgt. Adam Tippetts of the NCSO. Investigators suspect the quake shook the vehicle off of its supports, causing it to fall on the man.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. The incident is still under investigation.

Story First Published: 2019-07-11