Gran killed by familys runaway car after trip to McDonalds

A grandmother was killed after the family car she got out of rolled back down the driveway and pinned her to the ground.

June Murray had been to pick up takeway meals from McDonald's with her son's partner when tragedy struck just a week before Christmas last year.

The 76-year-old had just arrived at the couple's home in Llandudno, North Wales where she was staying the night, and was getting out of their Ford Kuga when the vehicle started moving backwards, an inquest heard.

Ms Murray's son's partner, Georgina Elizabeth Jones who had been driving, went into the house with the takeaway meals.

As she went back towards the car, Ms Jones said she saw the passenger door open and heard Mrs Murray shouting as the car started rolling backwards, North Wales Live reports.

She saw the pensioner from Kinmel Bay, Conwy fall to the ground as the car began to roll over her.

At an inquest at Ruthin County Hall, Ms Jones said in a statement that the car stopped rolling as the front near wheel got onto Mrs Murray's body.

As the incident unfolded, Ms Jones said she was initially unsure what to do before she slowly moved the car off of Mrs Murray using the bite of the clutch.

The accident happened at 6.18pm on December 18 and a large emergency response arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.

A critical care practitioner who arrived at the scene at 6.59pm as part of the air ambulance rapid response said that Mrs Murray had suffered injuries to her chest, pelvis, spine and had to be given a blood transfusion before being taken in the ambulance.

Mrs Murray, who was described by her family as an "independent and determined woman," then went into cardiac arrest and could not be saved despite resuscitation attempts.

She was pronounced dead at 7.47pm at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (Glan Clwyd Hospital) and a cause of death of acute heart failure due to heart disease and chest injury was given following the findings of a postmortem.

Gordon Saynor, a forensic collision investigator for North Wales Police, said there were no mechanical defects with the Ford Kuga and while conditions that night were wet, the environment was discounted as a causal factor in the accident.

The investigation returned three hypotheses as to what caused the car to roll back.

The first suggested that the car's handbrake was not applied; the second suggested that the handbrake was partially applied and the car began to roll from the bodily pressure of Mrs Murray exiting the vehicle; the third suggested that the handbrake was fully applied and that Mrs Murray had inadvertently disengaged it as she was climbing out of the car.

Ms Jones, who had owned the car for around two years before the accident, said in her statement that she was absolutely sure that she had left the handbrake up before she exited the car.

Kate Sutherland, assistant coroner for North Wales east and central described the incident as a "tremendous tragedy" that was completely unintended and unexpected and concluded that Mrs Murray's death was as a result of an accident.

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