Woman crushed by own car in drive-thru in 'freak accident'
A trip for coffee turned deadly when a South Carolina woman who stopped at a drive-thru wound up pinned by her own car, officials said.
In what authorities are calling a "freak accident," 28-year-old Pamela Page was reportedly killed about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday after she dropped something out of her car while she was stopped at Biggby Coffee on Old Trolley Road in Summerville.
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When Page opened her car door and bent down to pick up the item, she apparently let up off of the brake, causing the vehicle to roll and strike a pillar, pinning Page in the process, WCSC reported.
Though previously reported by other news outlets that Page had accelerated, police told WCSC there was no sign of an acceleration skid.
Page reportedly died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
Family was devastated by the unexpected loss, unable to reconcile losing who they described on a GoFundMe Page as "a devoted mother, protective sister, loving cousin and friend."
"She left a mark on everybody she touched," family wrote on the page, which had raised $1,025 by Friday.
Page's sister wrote emotionally about the loss, posting on Facebook: "I wouldn't wish this kinda pain on my worst enemy. Not my big sis. ... wish I could feel your hugs one more time jus one more man im not ready to let you go."
A makeshift memorial in began to talk hold in the days since her death, as mourners laid flowers, candles and stuffed animals to remember Page. Loved ones also gathered at Biggby Coffee Thursday to honor Page.
"Come out, share memories and show love," her sister wrote.
The owners of Biggby Coffee closed the store for the remainder of Wednesday out of respect for Page's family, WCSC wrote.
"Pam stay trynna persuade me to try her coffee and I would always make a stank face lol," her sister wrote on Facebook, posting a photo holding a cup from the coffee store. "I ordered the last coffee she had and you kno wha sis this coffee is kinda good... love you."
Page leaves behind three daughters ages 9, 6 and 5 months old, family said.
Loved ones asked that those interested in donating to Page's memory also consider contributing to help her children.
"Children clothes, diapers, wipes, children books w/e you can contribute to help," Page's sister wrote. "All help is appreciated. My sista go hard for her 3 girls. No matter what she made sure they were beyond good.
"I love you big sis," she continued. "I'm gonna stay strong and keep smiling, thank you for teaching me how to survive."