ALTON, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say a 78-year-old southwestern Illinois man delivering Valentine’s Day greetings was killed while trying to stop his car, which began rolling after he failed to put it in park.
Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn says Richard Gonzales of Godfrey died at an Alton hospital shortly after the accident Tuesday afternoon outside the home of the victim’s niece.
Nonn says Gonzales stepped from his car to deliver a Valentine but failed to put the vehicle in park.
When the car began rolling, Gonzales tried to regain control of it but became pinned between his open car door and the frame of the vehicle after the car came to rest against a fence.
Nonn says Gonzales died of chest trauma and asphyxiation.
Gonzalez was an avid American Red Cross volunteer.