Woman killed by runaway 4WD

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 13:38
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What do you do when you see 2 ton of steel rolling at you? STAND BEHIND IT.

Woman killed by runaway 4WD
July 14, 2005 - 11:55AM

A West Australian woman has died after her four-wheel drive vehicle rolled down the driveway of her home and crushed her, police say.

The 60-year-old from Tarcoola Beach in Geraldton, 400km north of Perth, had parked the Landrover Discovery at the top of her sloped driveway yesterday afternoon when the accident happened.

After getting out of the car, she began walking to the bottom of the driveway to speak to relatives when she was told the vehicle had begun rolling backwards, a police spokesman said.

"She instinctively tried to stop the 4WD rolling by bracing herself against it and unfortunately it had too much momentum and it ran her over," the spokesman said.

Police and St John Ambulance were called to the property but the woman died at the scene.

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Reply By: vitara - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 13:52

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 13:52
Hi All, This is a very sad and traggic accident, but how the hell did she think she was going to stop it. Unfortunately she paid the ultimate price trying to save 2 tonne of steel, natural reaction maybe by some, but hey if your've got insurance get out the way you have no chance. Very unfortunate. The only possitive is that at least by truckster posting it on here will make people hopefully more aware & jump out the way if they ever are faced with the same situation. (hopefully not) Vitara
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:01

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:01
Condolences to the family.

Just what was she thinking though?

I'm a male of 37 and I don't think I'd even stand in front of a rolling 4by (or vehicle) unless it was to protect a child or my Mrs.

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:05

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:05
Thats very sad, obviously she did the 1st thing that came into her mind and in those split second instances many people may have done the same thing. Her biggest mistake was not putting the vehicle in park or leaving it in gear with the handbrake on. At least in gear. Very sad..
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:11

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:11
Those sloped driveways should have been banned long ago.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 15:27

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 15:27
And I thought my pics were getting weird.

Does Henry know what you do at work on that pc?

Or has Michelle cooked a chocolate cake?

And say hello to Jess and Liz pls.


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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 17:46

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 17:46
Pic of a black hole

Henry likes his good workers to be happy

Choc cake is good

Just did on the phone

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Reply By: GUPatrol - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 15:05

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 15:05
Scruby's reply would be "they should ban those 4wds within 200m of any driveway"
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 17:12

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 17:12
I would like to think I was smart enough to get the hell out of the way, but who knows.... I've tried to stop a car rolling before (it was a small car) when I forgot the hand brake, I didn't stand behind it though. I'm 6'3" and 110kg and didn't have a chance with a 2 door hatchback, she didn't have a hope in hell... It's funny when you do something as stupid as leave the handbrake off/car outta gear you panic, I spose you'll never know what your going to do when your panicing, just keep these things in mind I spose and hope you've got your senses about you at the time...

My mother in law left the handbrake off her magna on their steep driveway once too, the car sailed past her (she's lucky to be alive as it only just missed her) and went accross the road and down the neighbours drive before it hit his Garden Bin Bag Trailer! Messy stuff...

I'm always very concious of hand brake on, brake off, then when it's not moving, into gear/park then leave vehicle, but it only takes one tiny destraction for you to forget! There was a goana in mymothe in laws garage which was why she stopped out the front, she was scared shtless (being a kiwi and not knowing of such creatures) and therefore didn't use her head when she parked the car up. Could happen to anybody, don't think you're not dopey enough to do it, that's the best way for it to happen to you!
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 17:58

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 17:58
The last thing to cross her mind .......

a 245/70 16" Michelin XVS
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