Man dies in Monroe while working under parked van

MONROE — A 20-year-old Sultan man died Tuesday night when his van apparently moved while he was working on it.

Nielsen Walzog died from asphyxia due to the weight of the vehicle, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. The death was ruled an accident.

It was reported by passersby just before 9 p.m. in the O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot along U.S. 2, said Debbie Willis, of the Monroe Police Department.

Store employees said the man had been working on the 1989 Ford Econoline throughout the day. Investigators believe he may have driven it onto the curb to climb underneath.

“The vehicle appeared to have slipped off the curb,” Willis said.

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