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Authorities have identified a man who died after he got caught between his car and machinery at a self-service automated car wash in Escondido last week as a 56-year-old resident of Valley Center.

Rene Tactay Jaime died at an Escondido hospital just after midnight Saturday, not long after he was found trapped at Pearl Car Wash on the east end of the city, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The agency said that on Friday, Jaime, who also lived in Las Vegas, told his family members he was headed to the store and to wash his car.

Later that night, he drove his 2014 Scion xB into the Pearl Car Wash, on East Valley Parkway near Quarry Glenn. While inside the automated car wash, police said, Jaime opened the door and stepped out. It’s not clear why he did so.

As he stepped out, the Scion rolled forward, dragging Jaime and pinning him under the car and machinery, Escondido police said.

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It appears the car wash machinery was not activated when he stepped out, police said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said someone pulled up to the car wash and found Jaime unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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