Woman rescued after being trapped under SUV

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  It was an accident that could have happened to anyone.  A driver in the Stony Point shopping center pulled out of a parking spot and right into a shopper.

That shopper was trapped under the SUV for more than 15 minutes.

From the second Lillian Mayo came upon the scene, she knew something was really wrong.

"She was screaming," Mayo recalled. "(the victim said) I can't breathe, I can't breathe."

In a moment, a quiet day at the parking lot at the Martin's Huguenot Road, turned into rescue scene. A woman casually walking through the lot was run over and trapped by someone pulling out of a parking spot. Immediately people passing buy swept in to help.

"Everyone started running trying to get help for her," said Mayo. "Try and get some help."

It proved to be a daunting task. The first crew that arrived was forced to jack the car up with firewood for sale outside of martins. It was a tedious process.

"Then they jacked that van up and they lucky the van didn't fall down!" Mayo said.

Within minutes the crash team arrived with special inflatable bags that helped to delicately lift the SUV up freeing the woman from underneath.

Initially, it appeared that she was going to be okay, to the relief of witnesses like Mayo. "I said a prayer and he was pulling her from under there and she is going to be okay."

But while the rescue was a success, her prognosis is uncertain. The victim is currently listed in critical condition at VCU Medical Center.

Police describe this incident as "an accident". The issue is still being investigated, but at this point no charges have been filed and none are expected.

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