Pregnant Northampton woman injured when dragged by her vehicle
NORTHAMPTON — A pregnant woman sought medical treatment for minor injuries after she was dragged by her own runaway vehicle on Sherman Avenue Wednesday.
Northampton Police Detective Sgt. Anne McMahon said that the woman, whom she declined to name, suffered abrasions and minor injuries. She declined an ambulance but told police she would go to the hospital immediately to ensure that the accident had not harmed her unborn child, McMahon said.
McMahon said that around 2:30 p.m., the woman’s van was parked while running in the driveway of 59 Sherman Ave. with her young daughter asleep in the backseat. The woman was standing on the passenger side of the vehicle when she reached through the open door to turn off the car.
“In doing so she may have disengaged the transmission and the vehicle rolled back,” McMahon said. “She suffered minor injuries as a result of being dragged as well as where the tire brushed against her, but it does not appear that she was run over.”
The vehicle rolled about 50 feet, including down the short driveway and across the street, where it collided with a snowbank. McMahon said the woman’s daughter was unhurt and the van appears to be in working order.
“Thank God we have no serious injury here,” McMahon said. “We were concerned for the well-being of both her and her unborn child so we encouraged her to seek medical attention.”
Someone drove the woman away from the home at 3:30 p.m., right after police left the scene.
Northampton Police had no update on her condition Wednesday night.
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