The Vancouver Police Department confirmed Tuesday that a Canadian man was crushed to death by his own car in a McDonald’s drive-through last week.
Tony Eyles of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was a father of two and leaves a wife behind. He was pronounced dead Sept. 8 at the scene of the accident. He was 42.
According to surveillance video secured by police that shows the fatal accident, Eyles leaned out of the vehicle around 5:30 a.m. to pick up an item that fell as he was trying to pay for his order in a McDonald’s drive-thru window in downtown Vancouver.
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As he got out of his car to retrieve what the Vancouver Sun reported to be his payment card, police said the “vehicle rolled forward, colliding into a structural piece of the restaurant. The driver was unable to free himself from the vehicle as he was pinned between the vehicle door and frame.”
First responders unsuccessfully attempted to revive Eyles.
“This is an absolutely heartbreaking scenario,” Constable Tania Visintin of the Vancouver Police Department said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man.”
According to CTV, Eyles was an elevator mechanic and worked on high-rises in downtown Vancouver.
A fundraising page was created for his late wife, Caitlin, and son and daughter. Eyles’ brother-in-law, Neal Pender, told CTV Eyles was “just the most doting father and the most loving husband…he was just the perfect guy.”
Messages made by USA TODAY on Wednesday to reach McDonald’s Corporation were not immediately returned.
In 2018, a man in Missouri died after trying to get his food from a St. Louis Jack In The Box drive-thru.