Dalton police are questioning whether it was human error or mechanical problems that caused a woman to be run over by her own car Tuesday night.
Investigators said Barbara Jean Eoff, 55, of Chatsworth was leaving one of her friend's home about 8 p.m. at 721 Lance St.
The victim apparently backed out the driveway in her 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup truck when she fell out the truck and it ran over her, police said.
"We heard a lot of noise, a big bang. Police came and they blocked off the road," said Kim Johnson, a neighbor.
Johnson told she waited for police to get there until she went outside to see what was going on.
Police said the truck crashed into some trees.
"We aren't sure exactly what happened because nobody witnesses the accident. So, there's some speculation involved in what might have happened here," said Bruce Frazier, the Dalton Police Department spokesperson.
It's what investigators are calling an unusual and tragic situation.
"Well, it is a freak accident though it's not completely unheard of. There have been a few instances of similar accidents that have happened in this area over the years," said Frazier, who recalled Murray County and Whitfield county cases.
Emergency responders took Eoff to Hamilton Medical Center where doctors said she was dead. Eoff's husband told investigators that it
was not uncommon for her to roll down a window and look out while backing.
"In this case, I believe the driver in the past may have been a little bit nervous about backing up," said Frazier. "So, I think from time to time she would roll down the window and look out the window to make sure the area was clear to back up."
That has some neighbors thinking twice about their own safety inside cars.
"(I'm) making sure all the doors are shut and looking both ways and paying attention to other people that's driving around you," said Johnson.
Dalton police said they plan to get a search warrant on the truck to see if there was a mechanical problem.
In Walker County on Monday, an 83-year-old man was run over by his own car while trying to push it out of a roadway, and he survived with leg injuries.By Briona Arradondo