A Godfrey man is dead after authorities say he became pinned by his car while delivering Valentine's Day cards and gifts to family members. 78 year old Richard Gonzales of the first block of Eden Hall Drive in Godfrey was pronounced dead shortly after first responders found him in the driveway of a home in the 3300 block of Lincoln in Alton Tuesday afternoon.
The Madison County Coroner reports family members of Gonzales told investigators he would deliver cards and gifts to loved ones on holidays, and was at the home of his niece when the mishap occurred. Authorities believe Gonzales exited the car prematurely without putting the car into park and when the car started rolling, he attempted to regain access to the vehicle to bring it under control. Gonzales was pinned between the open car door and the car frame when the vehicle came to rest against a fence. Paramedics from Alton Memorial Hospital, along with Alton Fire and Police personnel arrived on the scene shortly after the 911 call around 2:30pm yesterday. He was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. Gonzales was a longtime disaster volunteer with the American Red Cross chapter in Alton, and was one of many who responded to the Pentagon after the attacks of 9-11.