By Lucas Wood
HAZLETON, Pa. — Hazleton Police responded to 692 Alter Street at approximately, 0415am.
Upon arrival they spoke to a woman who was hysterical and pointing to the basement.
Officers entered and could smell gasoline and when they checked the attached basement observed Carlos A. Minaya Castillo,(05/21/68) with a nose injury lying lifeless on the floor.
The officers found a vehicle, Acura MDX, running with the garage door closed, which was attached to the single family ranch home.
Officers immediately recognized carbon monoxide was emanating from the vehicle and quickly opened all windows and doors while removing the family from the location for safety. They also immediately upon discovery turned the vehicles ignition off.
Inside the location was the couples child, (11) years of age sleeping.
The officer removed the child and the mother and son were immediately transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton, then subsequently to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest due to their injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the wife heard her husband come home around 2am and pull the vehicle inside the garage and close the door, but didn’t hear the car turn off and fell asleep thinking nothing was wrong.
Around 4am she awoke to hear a loud thump downstairs and smelled an odd odor.
She went downstairs and saw her husband, Carlos Minaya Castillo passed out and looked to have fallen on his face in a small bathroom.
She was overcome by the odor and went upstairs and called then Police.
Minaya was pulled outside and determined that he was deceased.
Coroner Stock arrived on scene and pronounced him.
He would be taking him to the Coroners Office for further evaluation of CO2 levels.
Detectives and Chief Speziale notified.
HFD arrived on scene as well and checked the levels and eventually all gases were cleared out. Investigation continuing.
4 Hazleton police officers went to Lehigh Valley Hospital and placed on oxygen to bring their oxygen level into a normal range.
“This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. “
“Thankfully, the quick actions of all the officers involved helped to save other lives. “