According to The Bellingham Herald, the tragic incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 05:30 in the morning. The man had apparently dropped his bank card as he was about to pay for his food at the drive-thru window.
He then moved to pick up his ground off the ground – a move which would prove to be deadly. Officials say he was caught between the car’s frame and a wall at the McDonald’s drive-thru.
“When he went to pick up the item, 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,”
Vancouver Police Constable Tania Visintin
Investigation launched into McDonald’s freak accident
Vancouver Police Constable Tania Visintin told the CBC that they attended to the man, but it was far too late and was already dead.
“Efforts were made by first responders to revive the man, but tragically he died on scene. This is an absolutely heartbreaking scenario. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man,” Visintin said.
They have since launched an investigation into the man’s death. Police have since urged members of the public, including McDonald’s customers, who may have footage from the incident to contact the Collision Division of the Vancouver Police Department.
“People aren’t used to seeing this type of incident happen, especially at your workplace. I would assume everyone is shaken up. Usually when we hear about a fatal motor vehicle accident it is usually, typically a crash with another vehicle. So the fact that no other vehicle was involved… this seems like a freak accident,” they said.