Family comes together to remember mechanic killed in accident

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Coventry police have identified a man who died after he became trapped underneath a car over the weekend.

Keith Denton, 39, died at Kent County Hospital due to injuries.

Rescue crews were called to a Washington Street address shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday to free Denton from under the car.

The incident remains under investigation.

Eyewitness News spoke with Denton’s wife Tuesday, who wanted to share her husband’s story. The whole family decided to show up, holding each other, saying that’s the kind of family they are – tight-knit – and their husband, brother, and father Keith was a big part of that.

“He was a great man,” said Denton’s wife, Stacey. “It was a tragic accident.”

“I don’t understand why,” said his grandmother, Everlyn Denton. “That’s what I keep saying. Why?”

The garage where Denton was working is now closed, with flowers left at the door. It isn’t so much an auto body shop as it is a retreat for a family of mechanics.

“His brother decided to rent a space, like a garage space, so they could work on our cars, our family cars,” said Stacey.

“He had a wrench in his hand since he could walk probably,” recalled his mother, Kathy Kilcrease.

“It was taking care of our family, it’s how we did it,” added Denton’s stepson, Robert McCleary.

The family said they’ll continue to do just that and comfort each other as they lay Denton to rest on Friday.

“He did something that he loved, and he passed away doing something that he loved,” said Kilcrease.

Denton’s brother, Robert, was missing Tuesday since he’s serving 60 days for driving with a suspended license. The family said they’re asking a judge to see if he can attend the funeral.

“We’re hoping from the bottom of her heart she’s going to understand where we are coming from and we need his support,” said Denton’s sister, Rebecca Nerney.

A YouCaring page has been set up to help Denton’s family with funeral expenses.

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