A 52-year old Winter Haven, FL woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving rolled over her, killing her.
According to the Lakeland Ledger, at approximately 4:15 p.m. on the evening on February 14, 2013, Elizabeth Wells Alexandre, of Douglas Fraser Towers, 745 Ave. A S.W. in Winter Haven, FL, was attempting to park her 2001 Ford Explorer when the vehicle began to roll out of the parking space.
Winter Haven Police Department reports indicate that Alexandre attempted to stop the vehicle from rolling out of the parking area. The vehicle struck Alexandre, pushing her to the ground. The SUV continued to to travel, eventually running Alexandre over and pinning her underneath the vehicle. As the vehicle continued, the SUV carried Alexandre down a grassy embankment and, finally, came to rest on a sidewalk.
Alexandre was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to KidsandCars.org, over 60% of backing up incidents involve a larger size vehicle like a truck or SUV. Predominantly, children are more likely to be killed in a backup/rollover accident than adults due to the lack of visibility when backing out of a parking spot or driveway. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 2400 children are treated in emergency rooms yearly as a result of these types of accidents.
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