Car crushes man after jack fails |

Car crushes man after jack fails

Tribune staff report

A South Lake Tahoe man was killed Monday evening after becoming pinned underneath a vehicle he was working on, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Silva, 31, was working on the vehicle about 6:20 p.m. at his home on the 3600 block of Paradise Avenue when the jack he was using to work on the vehicle failed, said Lt. Pete Van Arnum.

The man’s sister came to check on him, found what had happened and called paramedics to the home, Van Arnum said.

Firefighters responded, but Silva was pronounced dead at the scene, Van Arnum said. A description of the vehicle was not immediately available Friday afternoon. Silva was not using jack stands in addition to the jack, Van Arnum said.

Exactly what caused the jack to fail is unknown.

Van Arnum emphasized the importance of using jack stands when working underneath a vehicle.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.