A 48-year-old mother from North Tonawanda, New York lost her life Thursday evening while she was trying to get her vehicle unstuck from a snow bank. North Tonawanda Police Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said the woman was with her 10-year-old daughter who was behind the wheel of the vehicle when she accidentally ran over her mother.
The mother and daughter were driving home around 6:30 p.m. but the vehicle became stuck between 14th and 15 avenues. The alley leads to the family's garage according to Krantz. The mother was attempting to back the vehicle into her garage when it got stuck in the snow and mud.
The woman asked her daughter to move some snow around the tires but they were still unable to get the car free. Investigators say the mother then directed her daughter to get in the driver's seat while she tried pushing the car from the open driver's side door. North Tonawanda Police say the mother was likely trying to rock the car as she was trying to push it out.
In the process of moving it backward and forward, the daughter accidentally hit the accelerator while the car was in reverse. When the car jolted backward the open driver's side door struck the mother and as the car continued backward it pined her underneath, according to North Tonawanda Police.
The call came in around 6:38 p.m. Thursday evening and when officers arrived at the scene the mother was still trapped under the car. A tow truck was called to the scene and lifted the car off of her but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responder's attempts to revive the woman failed.
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