Woman, 88, dies in freak car accident

PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 06 May 2010

AN ELDERLY woman was killed on Friday when she was trapped under her car which is believed to have rolled backwards on top of her. It is thought that the 88-year-old victim might have been trying to inflate the car s tyres using an electric pump when the

AN ELDERLY woman was killed on Friday when she was trapped under her car which is believed to have rolled backwards on top of her.

It is thought that the 88-year-old victim might have been trying to inflate the car's tyres using an electric pump when the freak accident happened at about 10.15am in Watford Road, Chiswell Green, St Albans.

Her son-in-law is believed to have been helping her with the pump which had to be attached to the cigarette lighter socket of the car in order to work.

District Commander Hugh Oram of the fire service, said: "We're not sure what happened as yet. We arrived to find the woman's body under the car and the electric pump standing next to it.We had to lift the car off her body so the ambulance people could get to her but she had no pulse and was reported dead at the scene by a doctor."

One theory is that the woman may have switched on the engine while leaning into the car when it began to roll backwards trapping her under the wheel.

Police have also attended the scene of the accident.

An inquest has yet to be opened.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Herts Advertiser