Identity Released of Man Who Died After Becoming Trapped at Escondido Car Wash

The Las Vegas man stepped out of his Scion xB hatchback for unknown reasons and was dragged and wedged between the machine and his car

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On Tuesday, authorities publicly identified a 56-year-old man killed when he got out of his vehicle inside an automated car wash in Escondido and was pulled into part of the machinery that operates it.

Rene Jaime of Las Vegas was staying with family during a trip when he went out Friday evening to visit a store and get his car washed, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

About 11:45 p.m., Jaime drove his Scion xB hatchback into the mechanized car wash in the 2100 block of East Valley Parkway in Escondido. While the vehicle was going through the car wash, Jaime stepped out for unknown reasons and was dragged into part of the mechanism and was wedged between it and his vehicle.

Alerted by an alarm signaling a malfunction in the equipment, a witness investigated and found Jaime trapped inside the car wash, Escondido Police Department Sgt. Chris Leso said.

Patrol officers were able to free Jaime by lifting and moving his car, and paramedics took him to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Leso said.

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