Woman run over, killed by her own car in Manatee parking lot

HERALD STAFF REPORTFebruary 22, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A 69-year-old woman was killed when she was run over by her own car in a Manatee County parking lot Friday afternoon.

Susan Roberts Murphy, of University Park, was loading items into the front passenger side of her 2001 Chrysler Town and Country around 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of BJ's Wholesale Club when, for "unknown reasons," the car began traveling in reverse, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Murphy fell underneath the car, and the front right tire struck her body and head, the report states.

The unoccupied vehicle continued backing northbound in the parking lot and came to final rest against the curb.

Murphy was dead when FHP investigators arrived, according to the report.

The accident occurred at 8085 Cooper Creek Blvd.

No further information was immediately available.

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