NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — North Tonawanda Police are investigating a fatal accident Thursday night where a 48-year-old woman was killed after being run over with her vehicle, which her ten-year-old daughter was attempting to help her get unstuck from snow and mud.
According to North Tonawanda Police, the accident occurred in the alley between 14th and 15th Avenue around 6:38 p.m.
When officers arrived, the 48-year-old woman was underneath the car and couldn’t be moved.
A tow truck was able to lift the car, allowing the woman to be freed.
EMS personnel attempted to resuscitate the victim, but were unsuccessful. She died at the scene.
According to police, prior to the accident the woman and her daughter had returned home and attempted to back into her driveway located in the alleyway, at which point the car got stuck. She and her daughter attempted to remove some of the snow from around the tires but they were unable to free the car.
The mother then told the daughter to get into the driver’s seat as the mother tried to push the car from the open driver’s side door area.
“We suspect that the mother was trying to rock the car as she was pushing forward when the daughter accidentally hit the accelerator while the car was still in reverse,” police said.
The car then became freed and moved in reverse, causing the door to strike the mother. As the car continued moving backwards it pinned her under the car.
Her name isn’t being released pending notification of all family members.