A father of two who was killed last week in a “freak accident” by his own car at a McDonald’s drive-thru has been identified.
Tony Eyles, 42, was “the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back,” his brother-in-law Neal Pender told CTV News. “He was just the most doting father and the most loving husband…he was just the perfect guy.”
Eyles was crushed by his own car this past Wednesday after he dropped his bank card on the ground and exited the vehicle in an attempt to retrieve it.
Eyles is survived by his wife Caitlin, as well as a young son and a daughter. He died just shy of a few weeks before celebrating his ninth wedding anniversary, Pender informed News 1130.
“[The kids] have made some comments about how much they are already missing their dad. His son said to me yesterday, ‘I only got to know my dad for eight years, it’s not long enough,’ ” Pender said.
“It’s impossible to say anything to him about that other than just reminding him about how awesome his dad was. My sister is struggling, of course.”
He continued, “He’s just the perfect dad, the perfect husband. You know, I looked up to him.”
Police say that surveillance footage captured how Eyles (who was not identified at the time) was paying for his food around 5:30 a.m. when he dropped his bank card on the floor.
And as he opened the door and went to pick up the card, his still-moving car rolled forward, pinning him between the car door and against a structural piece of the restaurant.
Authorities say he was unable to free himself from the vehicle and was crushed.
“This is an absolutely heartbreaking scenario,” Vancouver Police Constable Tania Visintin said in a release. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man.”
If you feel led, you can donate to the GoFundMe for the Eyles family here.
“We would like to help support the Eyles family in coping with the tragic death of Tony,” the GoFundMe post began. “Tony was an amazing husband, father, friend and coworker. I know that money will not change what happened but I am hoping that we can at least help the family out through this hard financial time. You will be missed Tony, truly a great guy.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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