The mechanic, identified as a 56-year-old man, was working under a co-worker’s vehicle when the colleague started to drive the truck at a garage at 9:32 a.m. in Hicksville, LongIslandPress.com reported.
An investigation by Nassau County police found that the driver was unaware the mechanic was doing repair work at the shop on Ludy Street.
After being crushed by the vehicle, the mechanic was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver, a 54-year-old man from Sayville, was not facing criminal charges, Homicide Squad detectives told LongIslandPress.com.
The truck was placed out of service while investigators inspect it.
In other news, three children were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike and overturned.
A family from New York was traveling southbound on the Turnpike near exit 5 in Westampton Thursday when the accident occurred, according to Newsday.
State Police said the three young children were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. On of the victims was ejected from the car after it overturned and slammed into a tree stump.
All three children were taken to Cooper Hospital’s trauma center where they are recovering from non life-threatening injuries. The two parents in the front seat of the SUV were not seriously injured.
Police said the preliminary investigation revealed that the front passenger side tire gave out before the accident, Newsday reported.