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Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 03/12/2011

Woman killed by her own car

By Martin Weil

A 48-year-old Germantown woman was fatally injured Friday when she was struck by her own car, which she had apparently been backing down her driveway, Montgomery County police said.

They said Gloria Maria Vergara Mansilla was leaving her home on Cog Wheel Way about 5:30 p.m. when stopped the vehicle on a steep part of her driveway and went around to its rear cargo area.

Police said preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle remained in drive, moved backward and struck her. It appeared that she may have been trapped underneath, according to the account from police. They said the vehicle kept going until coming to rest against a fence.

She was taken to Shady Grove Hospital then to the Washington Hospital Center, where she died.

By Martin Weil  | March 12, 2011; 12:37 AM ET
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