N.J. Man Dies after Being Trapped Under Own Car

January 7, 2008

An elderly man from New Jersey died after being crushed beneath his own car while trying to maneuver around a shopping cart.

Eighty-one-year-old William Peters had the door of his 2000 Mercury open as he was trying to back up Friday night in a Kinnelon parking lot.

The Record of Bergen County reported for Saturday’s editions that Peters’ foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas instead.

When the car lurched back, the open car door caught on an adjacent minivan.

Peters was thrown from his vehicle, hit the minivan and was thrown back under the wheels of his own vehicle.

He was flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital where a hospital official said he passed away Friday night.

Source: The Record of Bergen County

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