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Driver run over by her own car

Paramedics rush the injured woman to hospital after she was run over by her own vehicle, pictured. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1387b
Paramedics rush the injured woman to hospital after she was run over by her own vehicle, pictured. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1387b

Tragedy came calling in a quiet Coolum street last week when a 74-year-old local woman was run over by her own car.

Diane Margaret Sorrell was visiting a friend in Seamist Circuit just after 10am last Thursday, when the unimaginable happened.

Ms Sorrell got out of her Toyota Yaris hatchback in the driveway of her friend’s property when it is believed the car rolled backwards down the incline.

She was dragged by the car for a short distance before ending up unconscious on the road.

The car continued moving down the street, entering the neighbouring property before hitting a wall and coming to rest in the driveway.

An off-duty paramedic, who lived nearby, was the first on the scene.

Within minutes, the quiet street was a full-blown emergency scene with police, ambulance and fire officers in attendance, as well as the Forensic Crash Unit.

The Coolum woman was rushed to hospital but died shortly after arriving.

Ms Sorrell was an avid bridge and mah jong player and had been a member of the Coolum Bridge Club for many years.

Bridge club president Frank Harbison said Ms Sorrell had been an active club member with a great sense of humour.

He said she won the President’s Trophy last year.

“The President’s Trophy’s a fun day and I think that fitted in with her appreciation of the game,” Mr Harbison said.

“She played it for enjoyment.

“We’re going to miss her very much.”

Ms Sorrell was also the secretary of Coolum Meals on Wheels for some years and volunteered at Noosa hospital.


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