• Traffic officers discovered the remains of a dead man in the backseat of an SUV
  • It was parked on a street in Queens, New York
  • There was no sign of foul play as per the police

Traffic cops discovered the body of a dead man on Wednesday June 17, slumped in the backseat of a 2003 Ford Explorer, around 7:30 in the morning. They found the vehicle parked near the westbound service road of the Horace Harding Expressway and 136th Street in Flushing, Queens.

Cause Of Death Is Unclear

According to The New York Post, the cause of death is yet to be determined by authorities. The police may have already established the identity of the man as they could reveal he is 37 years old, although they still have to release his name to the public.

There is a homemade logo printed on the door of the Ford Explorer which reads “2020 Congrats Grad.” The words “Way to go Brandon” also written on one of the side windows of the vehicle. Traffic police immediately called emergency services and when EMS arrived at the scene, they said that the man is already dead. While the Medical Examiner is still determining the cause of death, police officers say the man’s death did not have any sign of foul play or anything suspicious.

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Possible Causes Of Death

Just last month, police also discovered the bodies of a naked Brooklyn man and woman inside a Ford pickup truck. Neither of the victims showed any signs of trauma, which led authorities to believe the two may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Cops also think the two may have been engaging in sexual acts before succumbing to the poisonous fumes.

While authorities are not ruling out suicide, the sister of the male victim insisted her brother is not someone who could commit such acts. She added that her brother was not depressed and did not have any major problems that might cause depression or anxiety.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the website of the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, carbon monoxide in engine exhaust can be very lethal. Hundreds of persons reportedly die each year from intentional and unintentional CO poising, most of them caused by running the vehicle on idle in confined spaces.

Sometimes, a defective exhaust system can cause CO to leak inside the vehicle with the driver and passengers unaware of what is happening. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur if the emission system of the vehicle is defective or its engine needs tuned, said information from the Iowa State University website.