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Woman struck by own car

A Grass Valley woman suffered a compound leg fracture Tuesday when her sports utility vehicle rolled over her after she failed to activate the parking gear on a steep hill.

California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Labadie said Rachel Dreyer, 56, had just returned to her daughter’s home on the 12000 block of Rattlesnake Road from a trip to the grocery store when the accident occurred.

“It was hilly terrain,” he said. “She stepped out of the car and had not put her car in park.”



The vehicle, a Dodge Durango, rolled backward 20 feet, he said, and Dreyer was hit by the open door.

Dreyer hopped along with the vehicle for about 20 feet until the front left wheel pinned her face-down on the pavement and ran over her leg.




Her daughter and granddaughter – who she had been shopping with – had already gone inside the house and did not witness the accident.

Dreyer screamed, alerting her son-in-law, Rick Payne, 29, who was in a work shed on the side of the house.

“He saved the day by jumping in the car before it rolled over her back and drove it forward,” Labadie said.

An ambulance transported Dreyer to Union Hill School on Colfax Highway, where she was picked up by a CHP helicopter and flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment of a compound fracture in her left leg.

Labadie recommends always putting a vehicle in park and setting the parking brake before getting out.

“You should certainly always secure your car,” Labadie said.

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To contact Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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