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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a man was found dead at an auto repair shop in Overbrook.
According to police, the man was found in the parking lot of Eurospeed Motor Werk on Library Road around 9:30 a.m. Homicide detectives were called to the scene.
Inside of the auto shop on Tuesday afternoon, employees were too shaken to go on camera, but gave KDKA the details of how the victim, identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as 39-year-old Paul Joseph Tedesco of Pittsburgh, was killed in their parking lot.
At 10 p.m. Monday, surveillance cameras caught Tedesco driving a gray Porsche back into the Wayne Auto parking lot next door.
Employees say Tedesco then walked over to an ‘80s-model Porsche, and used a zipper jack to elevate the car. Investigators found tools alongside his body.
It’s unclear exactly what he was trying to get from under the car, but video shows Tedesco underneath the vehicle for 10 minutes before the jack fails, the car shifts and then falls on top of him.
It appears that the victim was crushed under the vehicle late Monday night, and then remained there through the overnight hours. His body was discovered Tuesday morning when an employee came in to work, saw Tedesco’s legs under the car and ran inside to call 911.
It appears as though this man was crushed underneath this Porsche last night and then remained there in the overnight hours. That’s until employee came in this morning saw the man’s two legs from underneath the car and then ran inside to call 911.
“Upon arrival, they observed a deceased male; and apparently, he was working on a car at that time and the jack gave way,” said Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesperson Alicia George.
The owner of the Eurospeed auto shop says that he has had three catalytic converters stolen in the past 18 months. He says, when new, they are expensive, but the ones that were taken from the lot are only worth about $20 when sold at a junkyard.
According to employees, Tedesco was not a co-worker or a customer. The Medical Examiner’s Office says he died of asphyxia, and has ruled his death accidental.
Police continue to investigate the incident.