Think about the times you've dropped your vehicle off at a shop or dealership to get some work done and left it for a few hours because you had to get back to work, or wanted to do something productive with your time.

On March 13, 2020, a customer took his car to Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Mount Clemens, Michigan. A 19-year-old employee was attempting to change the oil, but something absolutely horrible happened.

"He starts the car, removes his foot from the clutch, and you know what happens? The Jeep jumps and kills my client," said attorney David Femminineo.

42-year-old Jeffrey Hawkins, a father of four and lifelong mechanic, was hit and instantly killed

"He was an excellent man," Femminineo said. "The 2-year-old who was about 1 at the time of the accident, the time of the death, he'll never know his father."

The 19-year-old employee working on the car didn't know how to drive a stick, and had no driver license, according to Femminineo.

Femminineo said because the accident happened in the workplace between two employees and you can't sue the boss in that situation. So, the lawyer is calling the owner of the car.

"When you hand your car over to anybody including the valet or the person at the service desk at your local dealership, you better be able to trust that person," the attorney said.

Well, Fox 2 in Mount Clemens reached out to the car owner's attorney, who only told them that we'll all just have to wait and see how this plays out in court when it goes to trial in May.

"When you hand your car over to anybody including the valet or the person at the service desk at your local dealership, you better be able to trust that person," the attorney said.

Let's all hope this doesn't set a precedent.

Read more at Fox 5 NY

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