The man, who was in his 50s, was holidaying in Hol, a Norwegian village famous for its 13th century stave church, when his wife came out of their cottage to find that he had been severely injured by their vehicle.
"The man was found squashed under his car," Torstein Gustad of Nordre Buskerud police told Norway's TV2 broadcaster.
"The couple's daughter called the ambulance. An air ambulance was called to the place, but his life could not be saved," he told Dagbladet in another interview. "We will not be following up on this case. We are talking about a tragic accident."
Police first disclosed the accident early on Monday morning,
Tragisk ulykke i Hol sent søndag kveld. Tysk borger påkjørt av egen bil. Livet stod dessverre ikke til å redde.— Politiet N Buskerud (@opsnbuskerud) October 5, 2015
Hol is a popular area for tourists, with lakes and mountains for hiking in summer or skiing in winter.