TOWN OF BURLINGTON — A 69-year-old Burlington-area man was found dead at his home Friday morning after a car he’d been working on apparently fell on him.
The call came in at approximately 7:22 a.m. for the incident in the 30000 block of Sumac Drive near Browns Lake, according to Lt. Dan Klatt of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.
The 69-year-old man, John P. Fischer, was later pronounced dead at the scene, said Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne.
Fischer’s neighbor, Charles Collison, 65, said he talked to him Thursday when he was getting his mail and he said he would be working on the brakes on his car, a small Fiat with collector’s plates.
Collison said when he left for work Thursday night he saw the garage door was open. When he came back Friday around 7 a.m. he saw it was still open and he went over to talk to him. That’s when he found him under the car with the car on him.
Fischer, a long-time Burlington-area resident, had retired from his job as a machinist and he enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing, Collison said. He also spent time with his kids and grandchildren, Collison said, and he loved going out for rides in his little Fiat and had been out several times this year already.
Payne said it appeared the jack holding up the car twisted, causing the car to fall on him. But he said the body was being sent to Milwaukee for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.