WARSAW, Ind. (21Alive) -- A Warsaw woman was seriously injured Wednesday after she was run-over by a vehicle in her driveway southeast of Winona Lake.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and emergency personnel responded Wednesday at 5 p.m. to the 2200 block of S. Lake Sharon Rd, Warsaw, after receiving a 911 call of a woman struck by a motor vehicle.
Arriving officers discovered that the victim, identified as Tracy A. Prater, 39, was still trapped under the vehicle. Emergency responders arrived and were able to extract Prater from beneath the vehicle. She was then immediately airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital in serious condition, with injuries to her chest, neck, and head.
Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. team members stated that the initial investigation into the incident determined that Prater, and her boyfriend, Benjamin D. Irvine, 37, had entered into a verbal altercation in the driveway. Irvine then attempted to leave the premises driving Prater’s silver, 2001 Pontiac, when apparently he backed-over her.
Reportedly, Irvine did not see her as he began backing. Deputies interviewed Prater Wednesday evening where she stated that she had walked behind the vehicle prior to it backing-up and then slipped and fell to the ground on the ice-covered driveway. She continued by saying that the vehicle then began to back-up and struck her, pinning her underneath the vehicle. Prater also reiterated to investigators that the incident was purely accidental.
Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. team investigators stated that Prater was last listed in serious condition as a result of the incident.
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