Woman uninjured after being run over by her own car at red light

A woman who forgot to put her car into park before getting out to close her gas cap gets run over. Screenshot: Storyful

BURLINGTON, Wash., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Washington state driver’s dashcam recorded the moment a woman got out of her car at a red light and was run over by her own vehicle.

The footage recorded by David Alger’s dashboard camera Aug. 9 at the red light to get out of the Costco parking lot in Burlington shows a woman driving a white vehicle ahead of Alger.

The video shows another driver pull up beside the woman and signal her that her gas cap is loose.

“She just went to pick up the gas cap and realized the car was moving, so she went back to jump back into the car and grab the steering wheel,” Alger told KOMO-TV. “And as she grabbed the steering wheel with the car still moving forward, I would imagine the wheel turned to the left and that’s when she was dragged underneath the left rear tire and run over. Both legs. Went right up over her buttock and over both legs.”

Alger, who is seen running to help the woman, said she insisted she was uninjured.

“She wanted to take off after the vehicle and run through the intersection and I said, ‘Whoa, hold on here. How are you, let me help you, hold on to me.’ And she said, ‘I’m fine. There’s nothing wrong with me I’m fine, ‘” he said.

Alger said the woman drove away after being checked out by police and paramedics.

“She was distracted so she got out. I remember her looking up at the red light, ‘Oh, I got plenty of time, go screw the cap in,'” he said. “But she forgot one thing. And that was putting the car in park.”

“She’s just very fortunate. I’d like to know if she’s OK,” Alger said.


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