ArticleGasoline Exposure in Motor Vehicle Accident FatalitiesByard, Roger W. M.D.; Gilbert, John D. F.R.C.P.A.; Klitte, Åsa M.B., B.S.; Felgate, Peter B.S.cAuthor Information From the Forensic Science Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. Manuscript received February 26, 2001; accepted September 8, 2001. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Roger W. Byard, M.D., Forensic Science Centre, 21 Divett Place, Adelaide 5000, Australia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2002 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 42-44 Buy Abstract Three cases are described in which deaths after motor vehicle accidents occurred as a result of positional asphyxia associated with exposure to gasoline. The deceased individuals were aged 16, 34, and 35 years, respectively (M:F = 1:2) and had all been in the back seat of motor vehicles involved in rollover accidents that had resulted in spilling of gasoline with contamination of the cabins. Major components of gasoline were detected in blood and tissues by headspace gas chromatography. Postmortem toxicologic investigations of such cases, which include analyses for volatile hydrocarbons, may therefore produce additional significant information. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.