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California man crushed to death after getting out of his car while it was inside automatic car wash

California man, 56, is crushed to death between his car and rollers after getting out of his vehicle during an automatic car wash

  • On Friday night, police responded to a self-service car wash in Escondido, where they found the body of a 56-year-old man, whose name was not released
  • The man became ‘trapped between a 2014 Scion XB and a part of the car wash machinery,’ cops said
  • Shortly after the man drove into the car wash, he apparently got out of his vehicle as it rolled forward, trapping him against the car wash machinery
  • Police still don’t know why he exited the vehicle, but did confirm that the car wash was not activated at the time of the incident
  • The collision caused an alarm to go off, prompting an employee to discover him outside of his car before calling the police
  • Authorities said the alarm may have been going off for up to half an hour before the man was discovered

A California man was crushed to death Friday after he got out of his car while it was inside an automatic car wash.

His body may have been inside the station for upwards of 30 minutes before being discovered, police said.

On Friday night, members of the Escondido Police Department responded to the Pearl self-service car wash at 2189 East Valley Parkway, where they found the body of a 56-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released.

The man became ‘trapped between a 2014 Scion XB and a part of the car wash machinery,’ according to a press release.

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The Escondido Police Department responding to the Pearl self-service car wash at 2189 East Valley Parkway following the man’s tragic death

Police said shortly after the man drove into the car wash, he got out of his vehicle, pictured, as it rolled forward, trapping him against the car wash machinery

Police said shortly after the man drove into the car wash, he got out of his vehicle, pictured, as it rolled forward, trapping him against the car wash machinery

NBC San Diego reports that shortly after the man drove into the car wash, he got out of his vehicle as it rolled forward, trapping him against the car wash machinery.

Police still don’t know why he exited the vehicle, but did confirm that the car wash was not activated at the time of the incident.

The collision of the man’s body, the vehicle, and the car wash machinery caused an alarm to go off, prompting an employee to discover him outside of his car before calling the police.

However, authorities said the alarm may have been going off for up to half an hour before the man was discovered.

A police officer investigates the unidentified man's death on Friday evening

A police officer investigates the unidentified man’s death on Friday evening

Pictured: the man's car inside the self-service car wash on Friday night

Pictured: the man’s car inside the self-service car wash on Friday night

Responding officers were able to lift the car off the man and free him, where CPR was administered by EMS.

The man was transported to Palomar Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

As of Sunday, the EPD’s Traffic Division was investigating nearby surveillance video to find out why the victim got out of his car and how he became trapped, according to NBC San Diego.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to call Officer Pete McCollough at 760-839-4930.

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