An old man was afraid he was going to die when he was trapped for 14 hours in his Cadillac due to an electrical malfunction.
Peter Pyros, 75, was trapped in his Cadillac XLR 2006 last month at the 70-degree temperature of Cleveland when the vehicle's key chain malfunctioned.
Pyros, who survived cancer and a stroke, said he fainted twice and experienced heat exhaustion before he was finally rescued from his car last month.
He said he tried to start the engine, but nothing happened. Then he tried to open the doors and realized they would not move.
Peter Pyros (in the photo) remembers the terrible experience of 14 hours that he suffered inside his car
The 2006 Cadillac XLR (pictured) belonging to Peter Pyros that has only 12,000 miles on it
Pyros said he rarely drives his Cadillac, but he thought he should run the engine when winter approaches.
He said he went out to his garage to start the car at 10 o'clock in the morning on August 31.
He did not take his cell phone with him, he said, and he did not tell anyone what he was doing. He did not think he needed it.
He told the Washington Post: "It was the most spooky experience you can imagine."
& # 39; I accepted, at some point, that this is how I'm going to die.
"It's like you're in a safe and you do not know how to get out of it."
Pyros, who lives alone, claimed that he pressed his mouth against the door and shouted for help, but no one was home to hear him.
The garage (in the photo) of the Pyros house where his car was parked when he got stuck
Pyros (pictured) told how he had survived cancer, a stroke and nine operations, but he feared for his life when he was trapped inside his Cadillac with 70 degree heat.
He could barely breathe, fainted twice and, when he needed it, urinated inside his shoes.
He added: "It was very hot and it was difficult to breathe, all this was in half an hour.
"I was trying to find something to get me out of the car, nothing worked, I started screaming as loud as I could."
Pyros had no tools or sharp objects in the vehicle, so he tried to hit the window with his fist.
Then he tried to kick the glass with both feet, but to no avail.
Items of clothing on the dashboard (left) used by Pyros to clear the windows and its key ring (right) that is believed to not work well when pressed to get out of the car
As the hours passed, he decided to write a note for his loved ones explaining what happened, since he did not want them to think he had committed suicide.
Eventually, a neighbor heard Pyros hit and sent him a text message to make sure he was safe.
When he did not respond, he jumped over the fence to see the garage door open, and saw Pyros trapped inside the vehicle.
The emergency services were called and the engine had to be started to get it out, since the electronic vehicle would not respond to traditional methods of car rescue.
Pyros said he decided to share his story to warn others to be alert to the dangers of automatic locking systems.
The letter (in the photo) that Pyros wrote to his loved ones to tell them what happened
"I do not want my worst enemy to go through what I went through," he said. "Now I think of babies, little children who die in such a car, you are dying slowly."
"If I can save a life," he added, "that's my goal."
In a statement to the Washington Post, General Motors said that "any vehicle or key ring can lose power" and "that risk may increase as the vehicle ages."
"Manufacturers provide a way to manually unlock doors if the vehicle or the fob loses power," he said.
"Because this varies by brand and model, drivers should check the Lockout section of the owner's manual so they know what to do.
In the case of the XLR, there is a door release handle located on the floor, next to each seat. & # 39;
Pyros said he did not know there was a door release handle and, even if he had thought of reading the owner's manual, he was too hot to see it.
The Cadillac XLR is a luxury roadster that was discontinued in 2009. A typical 2006 car can cost between $ 12,000 and $ 40,000, according to truecar.com.