Sadly, incidents like these happen all the time.
On cold days cats and raccoons are drawn to the warmth of a recently parked car. They’ll crawl up into the engine and get cozy and fall asleep.
Starting your car with an animal near the engine is likely to end in serious injury or death.
Protect the animals, and yourself. Before starting your car, bang on the hood of your car or honk the horn. You can also take a quick look under your hood to make sure no one is in there!