2-year-old playing in parked car killed by power window, cops say

2-year-old playing in parked car killed by power window, cops say


A 2-year-old girl died in Phoenix after the power window of a car closed on her while she was playing in the parked vehicle, police said.

The girl, identified by authorities as Eimi Patlan-Garcia, was taken to a hospital in critical condition Saturday and later died, Phoenix police confirmed to The Post Tuesday.

Cops responded to the tragic scene in west Phoenix at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday for an initial report of a traffic collision and instead found the girl inside a car, Phoenix police said in a statement.

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“When officers arrived, they learned this was not actually a traffic collision, but a juvenile girl had been injured while playing inside a parked vehicle at the residence,” department officials said.

“The investigation showed the child was injured when one of the vehicle’s power windows was rolled up on her.”

Firefighters took Eimi to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, cops said.

“There are no obvious signs of foul play at the time,” police said, adding that the child lived at the home where the accident occurred and her parents had cooperated with investigators.

The girl’s death has been ruled accidental, according to a medical examiner’s report obtained by NBC News. Her primary cause of death was asphyxia, according to the report.

Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars, a national nonprofit advocacy group that tracks child fatalities involving vehicles, told KPHO a few children die every year in accidents involving power windows.

Power windows have between 30 and 40 pounds of force, more than the 22 pounds required to break someone’s trachea, Fennell said.

More than 65 children have been killed by power windows since 1990, which exert between 30 and 40 pounds of force.Alamy Stock Photo

Fennell warned parents not to let children play in or around cars while unsupervised, noting that conditions in them can become deadly without warning.

“The temperatures can rise and kids can die really quickly from the heat, but maybe what they aren’t thinking about is the dangers of power windows,” Fennell said. “Maybe they aren’t thinking about kids knocking cars into gear or trunk entrapment.”

More than 65 children have been killed by power windows since 1990, with “untold numbers” of brain injuries and amputated fingers among victims mostly age 3 and younger, according to the nonprofit’s website, KidandCars.org.

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