Neighbors rescue Avon man trapped under car

Wycham Lewis walks with crutches after an accident this weekend.
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A central Indiana man has a second chance at life after a horrifying experience with a 5,000-pound car.

Despite needing crutches to get around Wycham Lewis of Avon believes he cheated death.

Wycham and his wife Joan Wright-Lewis spent part of the weekend at the WTHR Health & Fitness Expo. Then they spend the rest of the weekend preparing their home for one of their daughters' birthday party. When their daughter arrived at the house from Muncie, she informed Lewis the parking brake in her 1993 Lexus LS-400 was sticking.

Wycham did what any dad would do and decided to check it out before the birthday party started.

Lewis jacked up the car, put the jack stand in place and climbed under. He jiggled a cable while under the car and that's when he believes he may have accidentally pulled the gear into neutral causing the car to roll.

"The car came down and slammed me, you know, and held," he sighed. "It was not cool."

Lewis kept his cool, but yelled for help repeatedly.

"'Help!' I would just say 'Help!' I mean, I was yelling so loud," Lewis said. "I saw my neighbor's daughter on her bike and I yelled, 'Run in the house and get your dad and tell him I am trapped under the car!'"

The car weighed about 5,000 pounds. Lewis showed how he turned sideways to protect his chest and lungs.

After about five minutes, neighbors Steve Wyatt and Mike Sinclair rushed to the rescue. Wyatt lives across the street and eventually the yelling got his attention. He took off running toward his trapped neighbor without putting on any shoes or grabbing an umbrella for the light rainfall.

"Our other neighbor Mike, he ran out and lifted up on the front of the car while I got the jack and got it jacked up and got him from under the car and called for help," Wyatt said.

Wyatt said he feared that Lewis would be dead by the time they got the car off of him.

Being under a car is nothing new for Lewis, who works as a mechanic.

"I have been doing this almost all my life. This is the first time this has happened to me," he said.

His wife, who is a published author, is usually a calm, cool and collected person. But once she noticed all the commotion outside their home, saw her husband emerge from under the car with his rescuers standing by, she panicked.

"I knew he was outside and even opened the front door, but went back to preparing for the birthday party. I feel bad that I could not hear him yelling for help, but I had no idea he planned to get under the car to check the parking brake," Wright-Lewis said.

Now, his wife has advice for anyone working under a car.

"If you are going to do something like change the oil, let someone know you are going to be under there to check," Wright-Lewis said.

"I was supposed to be dead. I do not know what God has in store for me," her husband said.

Lewis didn't suffer any broken bones. He calls his neighbors "superheroes," who are normally away from home on Sundays.

He will be on crutches for awhile as he recovers from extreme body soreness from being under the weight of the car.