Las Cruces woman struck, killed by her own car

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A 62-year-old Las Cruces woman was hit and killed by her own car Thursday morning, according to Las Cruces Police.

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. in the 5000 block of Wild Bill Lane on the city’s East Mesa. When officers arrived, they located the 62-year-old woman pinned underneath her 1974 Plymouth.

According to investigators, the woman’s sister became concerned when she heard the engine running near the driveway and went to check on her. That’s when she came outside and found the woman pinned underneath the car.

The woman was pronounced dead when authorities arrived on the scene.

Investigators believe that the woman started the Plymouth and walked to the end of her driveway to open the chain link fence near the street. Preliminary information shows that the vehicle may have been in reverse instead of park when the engine was started and the car began reversing down the driveway, hitting the woman.

Traffic investigators checked their theory by turning on the ignition with the car in reverse – newer models of cars typically do not start in this transmission position, but the Plymouth did start.  LCPD says the woman’s identity is being withheld and no charges will be filed in the case.

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