Woman killed, by own car after son pulls gearshift

November 06, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A 39-year-old woman was killed yesterday when her 2-year-old son pulled the gearshift of her car and it drifted backward, hitting her and dragging her under the car, Baltimore County police said.

Lynn Marie Gawens, 39, of the 4400 block of Glenmore Ave. was outside and was reaching into the glove compartment of her 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass parked in front of her house when her son, who was playing in the front seat, pulled the gearshift and the car began to roll down a hill.

The open car door hit Gawens, knocking her down. She was pinned under the car, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman.

Gawens was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after the 10: 22 a.m. accident, Novak said.

The woman's daughter, Sarah Rose Gawens, 8, was injured when the car hit her and she also became stuck under the car, Novak said. She was treated for a bruised leg at Franklin Square Hospital Center and released.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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