A 48-year-old woman has died after she was accidentally run over by her car with her 10-year-old daughter at the wheel.
The mother was driving home with her daughter in the evening when the vehicle got stuck in a snowbank in an alley, between 14th and 15th avenues in North Tonawanda, New York.
Apparently, her mother was trying to back into a driveway off the alley when she got stuck, police said in a statement.
As the woman was trying to back into her driveway, the car got stuck due to the heavy snowfall and mud. In order to get out of the snow, the woman enlisted the help of her daughter to remove some of the snow from around the tires, however, they were unable to free the car.
At this point, the mother directed her daughter to get into the driver’s seat while the mother attempted to push the car from the open driver’s side door.
North Tonawanda Police said that the daughter accidentally hit the accelerator while the car was still in reverse. As the car moved into reverse with the driver’s side door open, the mother was hit by the car door. As the car continued moving backwards, it pinned the woman under, killing her.
Police received a call about the accident at 6:38 p.m. that day. When the first officers arrived, they found the mother trapped underneath the car. A tow truck was brought in and it lifted the car to free the woman, but by the time Emergency medics tried to revive the woman, it was too late and she was declared dead at the scene.
Police have not yet released the woman’s identity or her daughters.
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