A 19-year-old man was found dead in his car in the city of Obihiro, Hokkaido, after having apparently died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of heavy snow, police said.
According to police, Tatsuki Hiratsuka, an employee of discount chain Don Quijote’s Nishi-obihiro store, was found unconscious in his car, parked at the store, just before 2 p.m. on Monday, Hokkaido Shimbun reported. He was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead soon after. Police said the cause of death was acute carbon monoxide poisoning.
According to Hiratsuka’s coworkers, the man is presumed to have been taking a lunch break in his car at the time of the accident. It had been heavily snowing in the area, with the area receiving 88 centimeters of snow.
Hiratsuka's car was partially covered with snow when he was found. Investigators believe that snow may have clogged the car’s exhaust muffler, leading to a sudden lack of oxygen in the vehicle.© Japan Today