Man killed when truck he's working on falls on him in Warren

Family: Hydraulic lift malfunctioned, causing truck to fall on Edward Schenburn


WARREN, Mich. – A 76-year-old man was killed Tuesday when the pickup truck he was working on fell onto him.

Local 4 has learned the man, identified by his family as Edward Schenburn, was known in the neighborhood as "Tex."

He was working on the truck at a home in the 8000 block of Fisher Avenue in Warren.


"I couldn't breathe. I just couldn't get any air," said Casandra Przbadzki.

Przbadzki broke down after showing up to her grandfather's house, only to learn he's gone. She said Schenburn was like a father to her.

"My grandpa has always been there even as a kid, in and out of foster care. He was there. He took me in and gave me everything," said Przbadzki.

Police and firefighters blocked off the area behind the elderly man's Warren home known as his work shed. Family members told Local 4 that Schenburn owned a tree trimming business and was trying to repair his dump truck.

"He was working on the hydraulics when it gave out," added Przbadzki.


Schenburn was under the truck when the bed came crashing down on top of him. Police said a friend came over and found him dead.

"One thing I'll miss the most is riding on his motorcycle. Every we would ride to Port Huron. That was our thing. He had the motorcycle out. He said we were going to go," Przbadzki said.

Known in the neighborhood as "Mr. Fix It," Schenburn, although up in age, helped everyone he could.

"He helped me cut the trees in my yard. Fixed my lawn mower. He basically took my dad's spot," said one neighbor.

"We're going to miss that man. Got tears in my eyes. I'm hurt," said another neighbor.

Neighbors and family now left trying to fathom, what we wrong.

"He loved working on his truck. He died doing something he loved," said Przbadzki.