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Woman killed by her car in St. Petersburg died at hospital where she was headed

ST. PETERSBURG — A 63-year-old woman who died after she was run over by her own car was on her way to see her husband in the intensive care unit at Bayfront Medical Center, police said.

Police believe the unidentified Pinellas Park woman got lost driving to the hospital Thursday and stopped for directions.

She died later at the same hospital. MapQuest directions were found on the passenger seat.

Police were withholding the woman's name Friday at the request of her husband's doctors, who feared he was not healthy enough to hear the news.

The woman was westbound on 29th Avenue S from Fourth Street about 10:42 a.m., police said, and turned her 2007 Cadillac into the driveway at 509 29th Ave. S.

Police suspect the woman tried to put the car in park, but instead placed the vehicle in reverse. When she got out of the car, it began rolling backward. She yelled for help and tried to get back in the car, but it picked up speed, knocked her to the ground and ran over her.

The Cadillac continued rolling backward until it came to rest at the front steps of the house.

The woman was treated by paramedics and taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8804.

Woman killed by her car in St. Petersburg died at hospital where she was headed 12/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 10:32pm]
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