Susan Tovey's driveway car death 'was an accident'

  • 5 March 2014
  • From the section Suffolk
Emily Frost Close, Wickhambrook
Image caption Ms Tovey's neighbour said the car had been in gear and had shot backwards

A woman was killed accidentally when she was run over by her own car on her driveway, an inquest has found.

Susan Tovey, 74, was killed when she was hit by her car outside her home in Emily Frost Close in Wickhambrook, Suffolk on 9 October last year.

She had got out of the automatic car to allow a neighbour to release her handbrake for her, when the car moved.

The assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest in Bury St Edmunds.

No witnesses attended the hearing.

Dragged backwards

Speaking at the time, the neighbour, Ray Featherstone, 72, said he had asked Ms Tovey to get out of the car so that he could reach the handbrake.

He said the car had been in gear and had shot backwards, dragging him with it and hitting Ms Tovey.

The 74-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Mr Featherstone said he had minor injuries, including a cut to his head which required stitches.

Suffolk Police said they investigated the accident and had concluded no further action would be taken.

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