A 75-year-old South Boston man was transported to the hospital Tuesday morning after getting trapped underneath his Camaro and injured as a result.
Mike Rhyan of 1207 Berry Hill Road, was working on his Camaro in his driveway when he became pinned underneath the car, according to witnesses at the scene.
“I heard the engine gun, and I thought he was leaving, then I heard him screaming bloody murder,” said Colleen Sanchez, Rhyan’s roommate. “It looks like he must have had the car up in the air and it rolled on him.”
The South Boston Fire Department got the call around 9:17 a.m. and responded to the scene, along with EMS.
A South Boston Fire Department spokesperson said Rhyan was conscious and talking with EMS workers while being transported into an ambulance.
Sanchez said Rhyan’s leg got trapped between the bumper and the wheel of the car.
He asked Sanchez to put the car in reverse to free his leg, but she said she did not do it because she was afraid that would cause more serious injuries to his leg.
At that time, Tanya Majors, a home health aide for Rhyan’s neighbor, came outside after hearing the commotion. Rhyan asked her to place a jack under the car and jack it up in hopes of freeing his leg.
“She tried to lift up the car and he was screaming bloody murder because it hurt too much,” Sanchez said. “I said, ‘We need to wait for 911 (rescue).’”
EMS workers had to cut part of the bumper off Rhyan’s Camaro in order to free him. Sanchez said Rhyan’s leg had a dent in it from being trapped underneath the car and he had smashed the side of his face, as well.
She said her roommate works often on his show cars, and his Camaro is his “baby.”
“I think he’s going to be fine. He’s pretty tough,” Sanchez said. “I think he’s going to cry a little bit about his ‘baby.’”