THE Vancouver man who died in what investigators called a “freak accident” in a McDonald’s drive-through late last week is remembered by his loved ones as a “perfect dad.”
Tony Eyles, 42, was about to celebrate his ninth wedding anniversary with his wife.
Along with his wife, Eyles leaves behind two children, ages eight and six.
His brother-in-law, Neal Pender, spoke to a Vancouver radio station about the loss.
“[Tony] did a fantastic job raising those kids with my sister,” Pender said, noting that Eyles’s children already miss their father after just a few days.
“His son said to me yesterday, ‘I only got to know my dad for eight years, it’s not long enough.’ It’s impossible to say anything to him about that other than just reminding him about how awesome his dad was,” Pender said.
Eyles was paying for an early-morning McDonald’s breakfast on September 8 when he dropped his bank card out of his vehicle’s window.
When Eyles moved to pick up the card, his car rolled forward, crushing him against the side of the building.
First responders were unable to revive Eyles, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two community members have set up GoFundMe fundraisers for Eyles’s widow and children.
Local businesses are also working to support the family with a meal train and other practical help.
The Vancouver Police Department's Collision Investigation Unit and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating the accident, which the police constable has characterized as highly unusual.
“Usually when we hear about a fatal motor vehicle accident it is usually, typically a crash with another vehicle,” Police Constable Tania Visintin said.
“The fact that no other vehicle was involved–this seems like a freak accident.”
Anyone with dashcam footage who was driving in the area at the time of the incident, or anyone who may have witnessed the incident, is asked to call investigators at 604-717-3012.
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