Man trapped, dragged while try­ing to stop car from rolling down hill

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

A man es­caped with only mi­nor in­juries after he was trapped un­der a car and dragged down a hill while try­ing to stop the ve­hi­cle from rolling away, police said.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the unit block of Ray Street, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Ger­ald Bryda, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Police Depart­ment.

The driver of the 2009 Honda Ac­cord, a 19-yearold woman from New York, parked her car near a house and was get­ting items out of the ve­hi­cle.

As the car be­gan rolling down a hill next to the house, a 20-year-old New York man who was walk­ing in front of the car sprang into ac­tion.

“He in­stinc­tively tried to stop the ve­hi­cle,” Bryda said. “This is when he went un­der the front bumper and was dragged down the hill.”

The car even­tu­ally came to a stop when it hit a shed, and the man was able to free him­self. The vic­tim was not run over by the car’s tires and re­ported only a mi­nor in­jury to his nose, Bryda said.

No charges were filed.

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