Police Lift Car Off Trapped Elderly Woman
Three El Segundo police officers rescued an 80-year-old woman trapped beneath a car after she was run over by an elderly man in the parking lot of a 99 Cents store late last week.
While some jerks speed away after running over elderly women in parking lots, the male driver in this case—who is also 80—actually remained at the scene. After reportedly mistaking the gas pedal for the brake, the driver struck the victim, Chickie Lea-Bou, tossing her against a planter and trapping her beneath the still-spinning rear left wheel of the car.
Surveillance video shows the car quickly accelerate as it pulls into a parking space, jump the curb and knock down Lea-Bou—who was returning a shopping cart. What we don't see in the video—unfortunately—is when the three officers arrived from a nearby El Segundo Police station and lifted the car off Lea-Bou with the help of another man, rescuing her from beneath the vehicle.
Lea-Bou—who recently survived bladder cancer—is recovering from her injuries at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She suffered a fractured lumbar vertebrae, a concussion from striking a planter when she was hit, and will need reconstructive surgery on her ankle, according to KTLA. No reports yet on whether she will press charges against the driver.
A self-described artist, Lea-Bou plans to paint a thank you gift for the rescuing officers.