A car enthusiast was crushed to death underneath his Audi S4 as he began working on trying to lower its suspension.
Nick Jones was found by his girlfriend Keira Hammond trapped below his beloved vehicle when she returned from the gym on Good Friday.
Ms Hammond, 35, described how she yelled for help from neighbours when she was unable to lift the car off Nick, who she described as a “skillful mechanic”.
Eventually they were able to pull him free using a jack to lift the car, and she performed CPR on him until paramedics were on the scene.
By the time they arrived, father-of-one Mr Jones, a 42-year-old safety engineer for food manufactures ADM, had suffered catastrophic injuries and could not be saved.
Internal communications manager Ms Hammond, 35, said Mr Jones had owned the car - his “pride and joy” - for three-and-a-half years and had purchased a suspension lowering kit to work on it over the Easter weekend.
She said: “That car was Nick's pride and joy, and he'd had it for about three-and-a-half-years, he loved it.
"He was a skilled mechanic, he was really experienced and he was always doing things to our cars.
"I can remember one occasion where he'd taken the engine out and painted it and then left it in the oven to dry, and I was always finding air filters in the dishwasher.
"It was just something he absolutely loved doing, and so he'd bought a suspension lowering kit which he decided to do over Easter.”
She said Mr Jones wished her “good luck” as she set off to the gym, and it was on her return to their home in Addington, Kent, that she came across the tragedy.
She said: “I couldn't see his head or chest, just his lower half.
"I knew I needed help, so I started yelling as loud as I could while dialling 999.
"My neighbours appeared and they ran to get a different jack whilst I knelt with Nick.
"We jacked the car up and I pulled him out and started giving him CPR but when I felt for a pulse there wasn't one and he wasn't breathing.
"I knew his chances were slim but I wanted to give him the best chance of surviving as I could, so I gave him chest compressions until the ambulance arrived.”
She praised the efforts of emergency services in trying to save Mr Jones, who had a nine-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Ms Hammond, who had lived with Mr Jones since September 2013, said he had also previously worked on her car changing the brakes and suspension, and “knew what he was doing”.
She said: "Nick absolutely loved his car. He was a very experienced mechanic and he was always working on it.
"This weekend he was going to lower the suspension.” She added: “We had just reached a period in our lives where everything was going really well and we were so happy.
"I loved him so very much."