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- A car started with a remote ignition killed a 21-year-old New Jersey man in Queens, New York, police told the New York Daily News.
- Michael Kosanovich was considering buying a 2002 Lexus, but as he was inspecting the car it suddenly lurched forward, pinning him to another vehicle, according to the report. Kosanovich was reportedly rushed to Jamaica Hospital but succumbed to injuries to his legs and torso.
- According to the New York Daily News, the Lexus had not been placed in park, so when the owner activated the remote ignition, it immediately began moving.
- Toyota told the BBC that the 2002 Lexus in question didn’t have a factory-installed remote starter, which would mean the car was modified with a remote starter.
- The owner of the car has not been charged with a crime, but police are investigating Kosanovich’s death.
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A 21-year-old New Jersey man on a car shopping trip was killed when the vehicle he was inspecting was started using a remote, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday, citing statements from police. Michael Kosanovich had traveled to Queens to consider purchasing a 2002 Lexus, but when the car’s owner activated its remote ignition, it suddenly lurched forward and pinned him to another vehicle, according to the report.
The New York Daily News reported bystanders at the scene attempted to push the cars apart, but after freeing Kosanovich for a moment, the car rolled forward again and pinned him a second time. Kosanovich was rushed to Jamaica Hospital but succumbed to injuries to his legs and torso.
Toyota told the BBC that the 2002 Lexus in question wasn’t manufactured with a remote ignition, suggesting that the car’s owner had retrofitted the vehicle with a new starter. The Daily News reported that the vehicle was not placed in park prior to the accident, so when the ignition started it began moving immediately.
The owner hasn’t been charged with a crime, but police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Kosanovich’s death, according to the Daily News.