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Spokane man working on car dies after vehicle starts

UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2012, 4:56 p.m.

A 73-year-old Spokane man was killed Monday while working on his car when the vehicle started and dragged him underneath it, Spokane Police said.

Albert Garcia was working on the car’s electrical system and had the vehicle in gear with the keys in the ignition, according to a police news release. The car started and dragged Garcia for about 150 feet, the release said.

The Spokane Fire Department had to jack up the car to extricate Garcia.

Spokane Police investigated the incident and determined it was an accident, the news release said.

Garcia had been working on the car in front of his home in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, near the intersection of Dean Avenue and Nettleton Street.

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