Funeral services are scheduled for today at 11 a.m. for the man killed in a forklift accident at Little River Marina last week.
Services for Josh Anton Roberts, 21, of Woodstock, who was killed in the accident Jan. 23, are at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Woodstock with Father Larry Niese officiating.
Roberts, a 2009 graduate of Woodstock High School, was employed with Little River Marina at the time of the accident.
Roberts was a student at Kennesaw State University. He enjoyed running, working out, drawing and music.
Survivors include his mother, Sharon Rodriguez; father, Mervyn Roberts; sister, Sacha (Renard) Miller; brothers, Renee Roberts, Stefan Roberts, Mervyn (Afton) Roberts and Brandon Roberts; uncles, Sean (Suzanne) Rodriguez and Jason Rodriguez; aunt, Louisa (Jr.) Rodriguez-Vital; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The work-related accident happened when three or four marina employees were repairing a large forklift last Wednesday morning. In the process of fixing the machine, a portion of the lift fell and crushed Roberts, Sheriff Roger Garrison said.
“The forklift in question was inoperable,” Garrison said. “The forks were raised to the highest level by another forklift and somehow the lift on the one the victim was on fell and trapped and crushed the victim.”
Tim Cavender, spokesman for Cherokee Fire, said a section, either the mast or upright, of the 1973-model forklift broke loose.
“Cherokee County firefighters arrived on the scene minutes after the accident occurred and pronounced him dead at the scene,” Cavender said, adding the operation was assisted by Mauldin’s Body Shop to secure and stabilize the forklift so the body could be removed.