RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond woman was killed Friday morning in a bizarre accident.
She was run over by her own car around 6:15 a.m. at Newman Village apartments off Old Brook road in North Richmond.
It's a call no loved one wants to receive - a death in the family. Rescue crews found the woman dead underneath the tire of her own SUV.
Police say Johnnie B. Barlow, 66 started her car to warm it up Friday morning. Somehow, the gear shift got knocked out of gear. That's when the SUV backed up over the curb as she walked behind it, hitting the car parked next to it and stopping just before the building.
"I couldn't believe it," said good friend and co-worker, Margaret Allen. "My heart just caved in. I lost another co-worker."
Allen says Barlow was a school bus monitor for Richmond City Schools. They've worked together for more than 20 years. She knew something was wrong when she didn't show up for work Friday.
"I saw her everyday," Allen added. "We spoke. She was in the compound every morning. My heart is just hearting right now."
Dozens of people watched in the rain all morning as police investigated the scene and talked to neighbors.
"It's kind of terrible," said neighbor, Lloyd Fleming. "She was a nice lady. She spoke to everybody. It's kind of sad. I wish her family the best."
Relatives comforted each other on the scene when they found out what happened. At this time, investigators are ruling this strictly an accident.
The police department's crash team is investigating exactly how the car ran over the woman, and the medical examiner will determine the specific cause of death.