Stuck jandal blamed in fatal car crash

Last updated 16:17 20/05/2014

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Police believe a woman was run over and killed in Northland because the driver's jandal became stuck on the accelerator.

The incident took place near a popular park in Whangarei on Sunday at 3.30pm when the car involved dropped off the edge of the tar seal and become stuck.

Members of the public helped push the car back onto Rurumoki St but the 37-year-old woman behind the wheel reversed wildly and crushed the 53-year-old victim against another car.

An ambulance rushed to the scene but the woman died in hospital shortly after arriving.

"Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but believe the driver's foot with a jandal on it got stuck between the accelerator and brake pedal," a spokeswoman said.

"The car collided with a woman walking past and she was pinned against another parked car."

The police investigation was ongoing, she said, and no decision had been made on whether the driver would face criminal charges.

Police said the victim's name would only been released when all relatives had been informed.

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