The Newberry County Coroner’s office has identified a woman who died after being run over by her own car Tuesday afternoon as Virginia Ann Lawton, 69, of Chapin.
The accient happened around 3:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the White Oak Nursing facility in Newberry, Coroner Craig Newton said in a news release.
Lawton got out of her car and walked toward the back door area when the vehicle started rolling backward, the coroner said. She tried to “re-enter the vehicle to put it in park but while doing so was knocked to the ground by the open driver's door" and the car rolled over her, trapping her, Newton said.
Lawton was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Newberry Memorial Hospital, Newton said.
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An autopsy is planned Wednesday morning. The acciddent remains under investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s department and the coroner’s office.