An elderly Martinez man has died of injuries suffered when his wife accidentally accelerated their car through their garage Wednesday, trapping him under the vehicle and punching out the rear wall of the garage as the car surged forward.
CHP Officer John Fransen said the man, later identified as Glenn Cottrell, 89, was attempting to help his wife reposition the car by providing direction when his wife mistook the accelerator for the brake and drove over him.
Cottrell was taken to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m., according to Fransen. The accident occurred in unincorporated Martinez in the 2600 block of Reliez Valley Rd.
Both husband and wife reportedly told first responders how the accident occurred, Fransen said.
Martinez police initially responded to the residence, but Fransen said the CHP is investigating the fatality, which he called “heartbreaking.”