Narrow escape

The aftermath of Thursday’s narrow escape is seen.

Lake Havasu City Police and paramedics responded to Havasupai Elementary School on Thursday after receiving reports of a child struck by a vehicle. The truth, however, was that it was a very close call.

According to Lake Havasu City Police Sgt. Jerry Burns, who responded to the incident, a man drove his white van uphill into the school’s parking lot entrance to get his grandchild after the school’s early dismissal Thursday afternoon. He stopped his vehicle near the top of the parking lot’s entrance, but failed to shift the vehicle into “park,” Burns said. His vehicle rolled downhill and the driver attempted to chase after it, Burns said. Unable to do so, however, the vehicle dragged its driver along with it.

At the bottom of the hill, a girl was riding her bicycle across the street. According to Burns, she saw the approaching vehicle and quickly jumped from her bicycle before taking cover near a wall. Her bicycle was crushed beneath the vehicle’s wheel, but she herself escaped unharmed.

The van only stopped when it collided with a red pickup truck at the bottom of the hill, just outside of the school’s parking lot. Of the involved parties, Burns said, only the van’s driver suffered minor injuries.


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