The family of a dealership service technician who died on the job has sued the owner of the Jeep that killed him, even though their lawyer acknowledges that the defendant had nothing to do with the accident.
Jeffrey Hawkins, 42, died in March while working on a customer's vehicle at Rochester Hills Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram north of Detroit. Another technician got into the Jeep, which has a manual transmission, and stepped off the clutch, causing it to jump forward and hit Hawkins.
Hawkins was pronounced dead within an hour.
"It turns out that the fellow employee was 19 years old, did not have a driver's license and certainly did not know how to use a stick shift," lawyer David Femminineo, who represents Hawkins' family, told Automotive News.