A 28-year-old woman died last year in a most unlikely place: her local coffee drive-thru. The tragic accident happened last March at Biggby Coffee on Old Trolley Road in Summerville, reports NBC 4 in Greenville. According to police reports, Pamela Page of North Charleston was waiting for service when she dropped something out of her window onto the pavement below. To pick it up, she had to open the car door and bend down.
From the evidence, it seems that she left the car in park with her foot on the brake while waiting. So, when she went to pick up whatever she had dropped, her foot accidentally came off the brake. The vehicle then moved forward, and the driver’s door closed on her when it collided with a pillar. The door pinned her to the door frame, according to the police report. The police say that there was no evidence that she had pressed the accelerator. If she had, there would have been skid marks on the ground. The coroner ruled her death to be a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The accident happened close to 9 a.m., and the coffee shop closed up as soon as they realized what had happened and emergency services were called. Biggby Coffee had planned to open back up at 2 p.m., but decided against in consideration of Page’s family. Regular customers who were at first disappointed to see their favorite spot closed, changed their tune when they found out what had happened. “My heart goes out to her family…,” said one, “somebody lost their life. I can go somewhere else for coffee.”
Page’s family are mostly located in Blenheim, and made their way to the Charleston area after her death. She is survived by three children, one of whom was only a few months old at the time of Page’s death.
This accident may have been a one in a million (or more) occurrence, but it’s indicative of what can happen when someone loses their focus in a vehicle. Even when it’s stationary, it only takes one wrong move to cause disastrous results. If never a good idea to open your car door when the vehicle is running, but if you need to, then make sure it’s in park and securely in place. Even if the worst happens, such as in Ms. Page’s incident, you could end up damaging the car, or being injured if the car starts rolling.
After investigating, it may turn out that the coffee shop itself was at fault for some sort of negligence. Maybe the pillar was in an odd place, or there could have been more space for vehicles to get through. If you’re ever injured in Greenville, and you feel like someone else is at fault, make sure to contact a personal injury attorney to assess your case and provide guidance for the next steps to get your compensation.

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