BMW North America has issued a press release announcing the death of its marketing VP, Jack Pitney, in a car accident yesterday. According to the release, Pitney had been vacationing, but no other details are available. Pitney was hired in 1995 to handle corporate communications for the car maker. He was slated to become VP of the eastern region, working directly with the car dealers, on September 1 and was expected to eventually run BMW North America. Pitney was 47 years old.