Sunnyside man survives being pinned by car

A Sunnyside man received what appears to be a miracle for Christmas.

At 10:16 a.m. last Friday a car underneath which Servando Alaniz, 43, was working slipped off the jack and trapped him.

According to Sunnyside police, it appeared the rotor of the right front tire landed on his head and neck area. A relative, who was present, attempted to jack up the car, but Alaniz's foot blocked access to the jack.

Several people passing by jumped from their cars to lend a hand. With their help, the front of the vehicle was raised enough to get Alaniz out from under it.

He was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital and then to Kadlec Hospital in Richland.

"It's a miracle, no broken bones out of it. Just the inside of my mouth all chewed up and sore all over," Alaniz said this morning.

He spent two days in the Richland hospital under observation before returning home on Christmas day.

Alaniz had taken the precaution of sliding a spare tire under the car in case it fell while he was working on the alternator, but the tire was not enough to keep him from being pinned.

His family was sending thanks to everyone who prayed for Alaniz during his ordeal.


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