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Woman pinned by own car returns home
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Forsyth County News

A south Forsyth woman has returned home after being treated for injuries suffered Thursday afternoon when she was pinned under a vehicle at the bottom of her driveway.

The incident occurred about 5 p.m. on Blackwood Lane in the Riverbrooke subdivision.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins said the woman, 33-year-old Kellie Cheramie, left her Nissan Altima in neutral when she pulled into her driveway.

She then got out of her car and walked down to her mailbox. The car rolled backwards down the hill and struck Cheramie, pinning her underneath.

Her mother, Cheryl Cheramie, said Friday she was grateful her daughter was home from the hospital.

"She came out of that pretty good I think," she said. "They let her come home last night. It's amazing. She came out of it great considering what could've happened."

Cheramie said her daughter had no internal injuries or broken bones, but does have a fractured eye socket. She also has some stitches.

"She's just sore and we're just glad she's doing fine," she said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said emergency personnel used an extrication tool to lift the vehicle up high enough to remove Cheramie from underneath it.

Shivers said the manner in which she was injured indicated the injuries had "the potential to be severe or traumatic."

Cheramie appeared to be in stable condition at the time she was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. Shivers said she was alert and conscious when medical personnel arrived.

Shane Richards was on his way to see his fiancé, who lives on the same street as Cheramie, when the incident occurred.

He said as he turned onto the road, he saw a car backing down Cheramie's driveway. He looked again and realized she was at her mailbox and not in the car.

"Then the back bumper hit her," he said. "The back left tire ran completely over her."

Richards said he stopped and went over to Cheramie as a neighbor called 911.

"I sat there with her for a minute then I went and grabbed a towel out of my fiance's house," he said.

Richards said it appeared Cheramie left the vehicle in neutral when she got out of it, which caused the car to roll backward down the slightly sloped driveway.