Woman, 76, was run over and killed by her family's car when she fell

Grandmother, 76, was run over and killed by her family’s Ford Kuga when she fell out of the door as it rolled down driveway, inquest hears

  • June Murray, 76, died after being pinned under a car that rolled backwards
  • She was exiting the car in Llandudno when it unexpectedly started to move  
  • The car was able to be moved but the grandmother died from her chest injuries

A grandmother was killed by her own family’s car when she fell underneath it as it unexpectedly rolled backwards down the driveway, an inquest heard.

June Murray, 76, was a passenger in the black Ford Kuga on a visit to her son’s home for a weekend stay.

But tragedy struck when June fell while leaving the car and it started to roll backwards down the driveway.

An inquest heard her son’s partner Georgina Jones had been driving but could only watch on in horror.

Georgina had just put a takeaway meal in the house and left June to exit the car

She said she was ‘certain’ the handbrake lever was up, but the coroner said it was impossible to know if it was fully applied.

June Murray (pictured), 76, died after being pinned under her own family’s car in a freak accident while visiting her son in Llandudno 

Ruthin Magistrates’ Court (pictured) heard how June shouted for help as she was trapped against the passenger side front wheel

Pictured: A stock image of a black Ford Kuga, there are several models of the car but all are reasonably large SUVs

June shouted out while she fell to the floor but the car started to roll over her on her son’s driveway in the seaside town of Llandudno, North Wales.

In a statement, Georgina said she had taken the family’s takeaway food into the house before returning to see the horrific accident.

She said: ‘As I came out of the house, I saw the passenger door open, but I didn’t sense the car moving.

‘But then June shouted ‘George, George’, and I saw the car starting to roll backwards.

‘She fell to the ground under the car. I thought it was going to run over her head, but it just stopped. I tried to run round and stop the car, but couldn’t.

‘I know for certain that the handbrake lever was up; it was still up when I went back to the car to help get it away from June.’

June was quickly transported to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital (pictured), but she sadly died from the injuries she suffered to her chest

The inquest in Ruthin, North Wales, heard June had been left pinned against the passenger side front wheel.

Georgina slowly moved the car off June using the bite of the clutch before paramedics arrived at the scene.

June was rushed to the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital in December 2020 but died from her injuries to her chest.

Her daughter Maria Leach described her mum an a ‘energetic and independent’ woman who loved her family.

The inquest heard she suffered heart disease and scoliosis of the spine – which made it difficult for her to survive the injuries.

A post-mortem carried out by Dr Muhammad Aslam found a cause of death of acute heart failure due to heart disease and chest injury.

North Wales Police forensic collision investigator Gordon Saynor said parts of the handbrake were sent away for examination but no defects were found.

He added: ‘There was slight rutting across the drive at the front of the house from where the ground had settled following building work in the past.

‘When the front wheels of the car were in this trench, the car would roll if pressure was applied and the handbrake was not engaged, or was only on by one or two notches.’

Assistant coroner Kate Sutherland recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

She said: ‘The evidence doesn’t disclose whether the handbrake was not applied or whether it was ineffectively applied.

‘This was completely unintended and completely unexpected, so a conclusion of accidental death is appropriate.’

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