This event took place in New York when a car that was remotely started by it’s owner rolled forward hitting the man.
According to police, Michael Kosanovich who was 21 had been standing between two parked cars and one of them which was a Lexus IS300s 2002 model was started by it’s owner remotely by accident which then rolled forward pinning the 21 year old man between the two vehicles. People around helped by trying to push the cars apart but as soon as they did, the car rolled foward again. crushing the Kosanovich again.
According to the police report by the New York Police Department (NYPD), the man was then transferred to the hospital with severe trauma to his torso and legs where he died of his injuries.
The event took place a few days ago on 7th of December 2019. Kosanovich was said to be inspecting the vehicles to buy one of them when the incident occurred.
Toyota Motor spokesperson for North America did make a statement to BBC about the incident saying:
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Michael Kosanovich.
Although many details are unknown at this time, we will work in close cooperation with law-enforcement agencies in their investigation upon request.
According to the car manufacturer, the car in question did not come with a pre-fitted remote start feature in the model and it would have to been added in the car later.
According to the instructions manual of the ignition system that was installed, there is a clear warning to not start the car remotely as it could cause danger to lives in the car’s vicinity.