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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Elderly woman run over by her own car

A 79-year-old Kootenai County woman was trapped under her own car early this afternoon after it slid backward as she tried to get out. The accident happened in the 2300 block of North Hayden Road around 1:15 p.m. today. The woman had parked her 2000 Ford Excursion and it either rolled or slid backward as she tried to get out, said Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Stu Miller. A 17-year-old boy saw that the woman was stuck behind the door as the car rolled and tried to come to her rescue, Miller said. Instead the car pushed both of them across the road and over an embankment, pinning them under the door. The teen was able to get out from under the car, but the woman had to be extracted by the Northern Lake Fire Department. She suffered significant injuries as well as possible hypothermia, Miller said. The teen received minor injuries and was treated and released from Kootenai Health. The crash is currently under investigation.