A woman who stopped to pick up her mail wound up in a bizarre turn of events that left her injured by the vehicle she was driving.
Oakwood Lakes, FL resident Gilda Bartlett stepped out of her car to retrieve her mail from the mailbox. She was struck by the door of her Oldmobile Toronado, which she had unknowingly left in reverse.
The car door knocked the woman down and dragged her along the pavement. 'The door was wide open and it hit her, it knocked her down,' Ms Bartlett's neighbor Bob Curcio told news channel WPTV. According to the police department report, Bartlett was dragged about 30 feet, then struck repeatedly by the vehicle until she was dragged to safety by neighbors. The vehicle continued to circle on its own throughout the parking area.
"It started making loops, this way, to the left, counterclockwise," Curcio told WPTV. "It just kept on going."
A responding firefighter suffered minor injuries when he tried to jump into the vehicle to stop it. Police deployed a strip of nails to flatten the tires, but the vehicle was not stopped until a sheriff's deputy rammed it with his own vehicle.
According to WPTV, Bartlett is expected to survive. Bartlett's granddaughter said that the woman suffered no broken bones, but did receive a large cut to her head that needed to be medically stapled closed.