The man who died April 7 in a car fire at Boughton Park, has been identified as Brett G. Shay, 50, of Canandaigua, said New York state police.
According to police, Shay had just finished walking the family dog and suffered a heart attack immediately after he pulled out of his parking spot to leave the East Bloomfield park. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined; however, the origin appears to be in the area of the driver’s side engine compartment.
After Shay suffered the heart attack, the vehicle proceeded on its own into the woods, police said.
According to investigators, as the vehicle drove over several saplings a brake line or engine component was likely damaged, which provided flammable liquids. It’s believed that these liquids combined with the heat from the engine and ignited the fire.
An autopsy by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Shay died prior to the start of the fire. Police said the dog died in the fire.
The East Bloomfield Fire Department responded to the initial report of a car fire at Boughton Park, on Boughton Road in East Bloomfield, shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found Shay’s sport utility vehicle fully engulfed in flames in a wooded area about 20 feet from the park entrance. A passerby discovered the vehicle on fire about 20 minutes after it had entered the woods, and called 911, police said.
— Includes reporting from Melody Burri and the Associated Press