A man in Canada was run over to death by his own car at a McDonald’s drive-thru last week in what local police called a “tragic death”.
The Vancouver Police Department has confirmed that Anthony “Tony” Eyles, a 42-year-old married man with two children from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, died on September 8.
Eyles leaned out of the vehicle to pick up an item that fell while trying to pay for his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru window in downtown Vancouver and was run over by his car, a indicated the police.
The VPD said surveillance video showed that when Eyles opened his car door to pick up the abandoned item, “the vehicle rolled forward, hitting a structural part of the restaurant. The driver was unable to free himself from the vehicle because he was trapped between the door and the vehicle frame. “
“Efforts were made by first responders to revive the man, but tragically he died on the spot,” Constable Tania Visintin of the Vancouver Police Department said in a statement. “It’s an absolutely heartbreaking scenario. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man. “
Local reports said Eyles colleagues and family raised tens of thousands of dollars for the man’s widow and his two young children.
Eyles’s brother-in-law, Neal Pender, told CTV that Eyles was an elevator mechanic who maintained skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver.
“Children naturally don’t fully understand this. We just tried to surround them with as much family as possible, ”Pender told the network.
Pender did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.