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The Today File

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August 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Victim of forklift accident at Lynnwood Goodwill is identified

The man who died after a forklift accident at a Goodwill store in Lynnwood earlier this week has been identified.

Chuck K. Lee, 69, of Bothell, died of blunt-force injuries to the head and torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lee was walking through the Goodwill parking lot in Monday morning when a forklift knocked him to the ground and then a box of merchandise fell on him, Lynnwood police said Tuesday.

Lee died at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday morning. His death is classified as an accident, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The driver of the forklift, a 46-year-old Goodwill employee, told police he was carrying a box of merchandise with the forklift and saw a “flash” of blue go in front of the forklift. He slammed on the brakes and the box fell forward and landed on Lee, police said. The state is conducting an investigation related to forklift safety, training and operation, according to a state Department of Labor and Industries spokeswoman.

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