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Elkhorn man killed in Franklin auto shop accident

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
September 30, 2009
— An Elkhorn man who died after being pinned between two vehicles at a Franklin auto shop Friday will be buried today in East Troy.

Jon D. Stritesky, 59, was fatally injured after a mechanic inadvertently caused his truck to lurch forward.


Stritesky was pronounced dead at the scene by officials from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. The cause of death was determined as blunt force trauma to the torso.


Stritesky was having his Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck serviced at Huckstorf Diesel Pump and Injector Service in Franklin.


Shop owner Mark Huckstorf said the place is known for working with diesel pumps, but he was unaware of other connections Stritesky might have had with the area.


A pickup truck was parked in front of Stritesky's vehicle, and he was standing between the two vehicles. A mechanic caused Stritesky's Dodge to lurch forward, crushing him between the two trucks.


Franklin Police Department Sgt. Joseph Spak, who responded to the call, said officers arrived at the scene within minutes, and someone was administering CPR when police arrived.


"When we got there, the car had been backed out of the garage and the fire department took over," Spak said.


"But they were unable to revive him."


Spak said the incident was ruled accidental and no criminal charges will be filed.


"It was just an unfortunate accident," Spak said.


Huckstorf said he has not contacted the family but thinks about them every day, wishing things had happened differently.


"We all feel terrible," he said. "It was an accident that turned into a tragedy."


Stritesky's funeral will be at 8 p.m. today with visitation from 6 p.m. until the time of service at Legacy Funeral Services, 2974 Main St., East Troy.



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