Officer, bystanders lift car off injured woman at Lexington station

jwarren@herald-leader.comJanuary 21, 2014 

A Lexington police officer and some bystanders lifted a car off an injured woman at a gas station Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, a man was backing up his Chevrolet Malibu in the lot of a SuperAmerica gas station at Tates Creek Road and Malabu Drive when he struck and ran over his mother, Lt. Chris Van Brackel said.

The woman was standing beside the car giving directions, and her son might not have seen her or realized how close she was, Van Brackel said.

Officer David Burks, who was getting gas, and one or more witnesses heard cries for help and together lifted the car off the woman, Van Brackel said.

They then administered first aid until an ambulance arrived. The woman was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with what appeared to be a broken or dislocated hip and possibly a broken leg, Van Brackel said.

"We're just lucky that the officer happened to be at the station getting fuel before starting his shift," Van Brackel said.

The distraught driver, Joshua Crase of Lexington, said his mother, Natasha Smith, was trying to give him directions while he was backing up the car. Crase said the parking lot was slippery and he wasn't sure what went wrong.

"I just hope she is OK," Crase said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @heraldleader

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