An 82-year-old Somerset County woman was in critical condition yesterday after suffering a heart attack when she tried to pursue her runaway car and was hit and pinned under an open door, state police said.
Nellie Ann Tyler of Johnson Creek Road in Crisfield had returned home about 12:20 p.m. from the supermarket.
She was unloading groceries from her car while it was parked in her driveway with the engine running, said Cpl. L. K. Guyton of the Berlin barracks.
Ms. Tyler had already made one trip into the house.
When she returned to the car, the four-door Ford sedan, which weighs more than 3,700 pounds, shifted into reverse and started rolling backward.
She ran alongside the car in an attempt to stop it and was struck by the open door on the driver's side, Corporal Guyton said.
Ms. Tyler was pinned under the door when the car came to rest in a ditch.
She suffered the heart attack, as well as cuts and bruises, as a result of the accident, Corporal Guyton said.
When paramedics arrived, Ms. Tyler's heart had stopped beating. She was taken to Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center and was revived either by paramedics or by hospital emergency personnel, Corporal Guyton said.
Last night, she was in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the hospital, a nursing supervisor said.