The house in Foley Street, South Lismore, where John Tolley died on Thursday when he was crushed by a car he was working on.
The house in Foley Street, South Lismore, where John Tolley died on Thursday when he was crushed by a car he was working on.

Crushed to death under car

THE FAMILY of John Tolley, who was crushed to death underneath a car on Thursday morning, arrived in Lismore yesterday to mourn his passing.

Mr Tolley, 70, was working on a friend’s car in their Foleys Road backyard when it is believed the jack fell or collapsed, bringing the car down on top of him.

Police said he probably died instantly.

“The male was working on a friend’s vehicle in the backyard,” Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) crime manager Inspector Greg Moore said. “He was friends with the occupants of the house.”

“It’s possible that the jack may have collapsed or fallen over, causing the underneath of the front section of the vehicle to collapse onto the deceased, onto his abdomen, causing instant death,” he said.

It is understood the woman who lived in the house discovered his body at around 9:30am on Thursday.

Lismore police, including forensic officers and detectives, arrived shortly after.

Statements were taken from witnesses and the family living at the house, Inspector Moore said.

He said one neighbour was so distressed, they were taken to hospital.

“One of the neighbours was traumatised by the incident and had to be conveyed to hospital.”

Mr Tolley was a retiree who lived in Lismore.

His ex-wife arrived in town yesterday morning from her home in Tenterfield.

The owner of the house where the accident occurred told The Northern Star she was too distraught to talk to the media.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.



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