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Dad who died after becoming trapped under car was robbed by witnesses, family says

A beloved dad was robbed by thieves while trapped under a car in a freak accident that took his life, his family says.

Jeronimo Garcia Guerra, 69, died of his injuries after becoming pinned under the broken down vehicle in a car park.

Mr. Guerra left his home with the best of intentions as he planned to fix his wife’s damaged vehicle on Monday morning – but his life was cut tragically short when the jack holding the car up collapsed.

His daughter, Monica, believes he may have been trapped for hours – and says in that time thieves rummaged through his pockets instead of saving him.

They then stole the car belonging to his daughter which he’d used to travel to the car park in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona.

She told AZfamily.com: “After everything they went through my dad’s pockets, they went through my mom’s car and they [witnesses] saw them leave with my car.”

Monica’s car was found the following day abandoned a short distance from the scene.

Phoenix Police have yet to make any arrests and are appealing to the public for help identifying the suspects while reviewing CCTV cameras in the area.


The dad-of-two left his home at 9.45am on Monday to visit the parking lot two miles from where his daughter lives.

A Gofundme has been launched to help his family with funeral costs. It has so far raised more than $2,000.

A post on the page says: “On June 17, 2024 Jeronimo Garcia Guerra, (beloved husband, father, Tata, father-in-law, and friend) lost his life in an accident while repairing a vehicle (with extenuating circumstances).

“We are asking for help as we are preparing to lay him to rest.

“He leaves behind his wife Margarita, two children, Monica (Ramiro) and little Margarita and Michael (Mijo), and Jerry (April). Any help at this time would be grateful.”

To donate to the Gofundme, click here.


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