Family: NYC Man Died in Car Buried by Plow

Carbon monoxide likely killed Angel Ginel in Brooklyn
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2016 7:41 AM CST
Family: NYC Man Died in Car Buried by Plow
Automobiles buried under humps of snow line a street in Brooklyn on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)

The winter storm that rocked the East Coast over the weekend has claimed another victim: a 44-year-old dad. Angel Ginel was found dead inside his snowed-in Lexus on a Brooklyn street on Monday, reports PIX11. Family members say Ginel went out on Sunday to earn some extra cash shoveling snow. "He gave me a kiss goodbye and said he'll see me later," his wife, Ramonita, told the New York Daily News on Monday. "I kept calling his phone because he didn't come home last night, I kept calling, leaving him messages." She eventually found her husband inside his running car, with snow blocking the exhaust pipe, around the corner from the couple's home.

Authorities believe Ginel took a break from shoveling, sat in his car to warm up, and died from carbon monoxide poisoning, though an official cause of death hasn't been released. Ramonita Ginel says her husband was using the vehicle to charge his cellphone and became trapped when a snowplow passed. "He was plowed in, but he had already cleared that earlier," she says. She adds the driver's side door was slightly ajar, "but I couldn't open it because of the snow that was there." A cousin tells the New York Post that Ginel was found with "one hand on his phone and the other hand on the door." (A mother and baby died in a similar case in New Jersey on Saturday.)

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