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UPDATE: 10:43 PM MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — One man is dead after the car he was working on crushed him. It happened on Colgin Street in the Maysville Community.

News 5 spoke with Vanessa Brown, the sister of Petrez Ethridge, the man who died. She said she had just spoken to her brother on the phone on Thursday night.

Brown said, “He was going to come and work on my grandbaby’s car. The steering belt came off and he was like sis I’m coming first thing in the morning, but then he had to get this car out first.” She never expected that to be the last time she would speak to her younger brother.

Ethridge never made it to Brown’s house. She said he was working on the other car around 9:30 Friday morning when his best friend stopped by.

Brown said, “and he said man you need to put a jack up under that car, and he said man I know what I’m doing you go on go on.”

Brown said Ethridge did have a jack under the car while he was working, but thinks he may have hit it with his knee while underneath. Ethridge’s friend stopped by again around 1:30 that afternoon.

Brown said, “He said I know he ain’t working on the car with the windows down, the door open, you know the trunk open, and when he went close to him and he touched him, he felt hard.”

Brown said the man called 911. She said, “They tried to revive him, but said it had been a while, it was too late.”

Brown had taken care of her younger brother since their mother passed away when he was only four. Brown said, “So he don’t even remember a mother. I’ve always been his mother, and my other sisters and brothers too…I’m just going to miss my brother. I loved my brother. He loved me.”

UPDATE: The family has identified the man killed as 53-year-old Petrez Ethridge. The sister called it in around 1:50 p.m. She tells us he was working on a friend’s car. He was also a great mechanic and liked helping people.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Family members tell us a man is dead after a car fell on him in Mobile’s Maysville Community.

Family members found the man underneath the car at a home on the 1500 block of Colgin Street at 1:45 and called 911.

Mobile Fire-rescue and Mobile Police responded.

The man’s name has not been released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

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