Car 'bounced' off curb, flips onto side in South Surrey
Police and firefighters were called to a South Surrey parking lot Monday, after a senior lost control of her car and became trapped when it rolled.
Witness Tony Roy said he called 911 around 3:45 p.m. Feb. 3 after a Volkswagen Jetta bounced off a curb in the 1600-block of Martin Drive and rolled onto its passenger side. It came to rest between two SUVs, on an area marked for pedestrian passage.
"I was cutting hair and then, boom. I looked out and I could see this car… tumbling over," Roy said.
Roy said the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was trapped inside and still pushing the gas pedal when he emerged from the barber shop he manages to try and help.
"The wheels were spinning like crazy. I had to go all the way around through the bushes… to let her know help was coming," he said.
Roy said passersby who tried to help – including one who climbed onto the up-ended car – were unable to lift the door open, and that efforts by the senior to lower the window were also unsuccessful.
She appeared to be in shock, he added.
Surrey firefighters pulled the woman out – she was treated at the scene and released – and helped locate a dog that had apparently fled the vehicle in the chaos.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said investigation determined the crash occurred when the 88-year-old Surrey driver inadvertently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Paquet noted the driver did not have a valid licence, and that the vehicle's insurance expired last month.
The Jetta was impounded and a driving prohibition issued, he said.