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Man killed by Lexus car being remotely started

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Man killed by Lexus car being remotely started

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A man from New York died after being crushed by an empty car accidentally powered by remote control.

Michael Kosanovich, 21, was standing between two Lexus IS300s parked in 2002 on December 6, when one of them was remotely started by its owner, police said.

The car advanced and he got stuck between the two vehicles.

The spectators tried to separate them, but as they did so, the car moved forward and smashed it again.

Kosanovich was taken to hospital with severe trunk and leg trauma, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). He died of his injuries on December 7.

The NYPD said Kosanovich was inspecting one of the vehicles at the time of the accident, intending to buy it.

A Toyota Motor North America spokeswoman told BBC News: "Our deepest sympathy is bestowed on Michael Kosanovich's family and friends.

"While many details are currently unknown, we will work closely with law enforcement agencies on their investigations upon request."

Toyota added that Lexus "did not offer a factory-installed remote start on the IS 2002 model."

This suggests that a remote ignition system would need to be adapted to work with the Lexus IS300 2002.

The system instruction manual warns users that they should never start the engine remotely if they are "unaware of the circumstances surrounding the vehicle" as this can be life threatening to anyone in the vicinity of the car.

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