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March 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Seattle shoppers lift SUV off trapped woman

A group of shoppers at a North Seattle strip mall rescued a 52-year-old woman who was knocked down and pinned under her own SUV after a collision with another vehicle Friday.

By the time firefighters and paramedics arrived shortly after noon, “Bystanders had pulled the woman out from under the car,” Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.

“She was stable, alert and conscious. She’s going to be fine. It was a good job by the bystanders,” Moore said.

A participant in the rescue said at least six passers-by lifted up the front left end of the woman’s Jeep so she could be pulled out from underneath the driver’s-side tire, which was on top of her abdomen.

Brett Ivey said he saw a large, excited group of people when he entered the parking lot to shop at Grocery Outlet. He saw that people were trying to lift the front end of the SUV off the woman, and he joined in the effort.

“We basically raised it up because it was so much on top of her body,” Ivey said. “Someone else dragged her body from under the tire. Then we set it back down.”

A Medic One unit transported the woman from the shopping center in the 13200 block of Aurora Avenue North to Harborview Medical Center. She was not identified by name, and no further information was available on her condition.

Seattle police said the incident apparently began when the woman’s 2003 Jeep collided with a pickup as the two vehicles backed out of parking spaces.

The woman got out of her SUV to confront the other driver, Police Detective Jeff Kappel said, but failed to put her own vehicle in park. The Jeep moved, and its door knocked her down and pinned her under the vehicle. he said.

She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Kappel reported.

Officers evaluated the 48-year-old man driving the pickup for signs of drug or alcohol use but found none, Kappel said. No citations were issued, and detectives are continuing to investigate.

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