A 56-year-old man in Escondido, California, was killed over the holiday weekend after driving his vehicle into a car wash and then tried to get out. He was tackled against the machinery and killed, NBC reports.
I shouldn’t have to remind you, but automated car washes are dangerous. Don’t leave your vehicle once it starts rolling through the wash.
From the NBC article:
“The Preliminary investigation indicated that the man entered the car wash and for some unknown reason attempted to exit his vehicle,” the statement continued.
“The vehicle then rolled forward, pinning the man between the car and the machinery. It does not appear that the car wash was activated at the time of the collision.
It wasn’t clear whatThe machine the victim was pinned against.
There aren’t many details at this time other than that the man was driving a 2014 Scion xB. Strangely, it also appeared to police that the washing machine had not been activated at the time of the man’s death, the New York Post reports.
The accident reportedly triggered the Scion’s car alarm, but the alarm sounded for around 30 minutes before another customer arrived and called the police. The 56-year-old man was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
The interesting part is that the car wash was not fully automated, according to reports, so there was no outside factor as to why the vehicle moved forward and trapped the man.. While there are automated equipment that does the washing, drivers must follow the instructions for move forward and stop when prompted. This was not one of the car washes where the vehicle is pulled on a treadmill. Accordingly, the death would be the result of a “traffic accident”, since the driver should have kept control of the vehicle the whole time it was inside the car wash.