A Riverside woman was fatally injured when her pickup truck rolled into her after it was either left in gear or had a transmission malfunction while she was preoccupied with strapping her toddler into his car seat, police said today.
Tamara Williams, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene of the bizarre accident, which happened in the driveway of a house in the 1500 block of Jameson Court, according to the Riverside Police Department.
Williams had driven to the location in her 2004 Chevrolet Silverado to retrieve her 2-year-old child from his father’s residence, police said.
The man told officers that he watched the victim strap the toddler into a car seat and then said goodnight before walking back into his house.
“Moments later, the witness heard the vehicle still idling in the driveway, and upon exiting his residence, discovered the woman underneath the vehicle that had rolled to the mouth of the driveway,” said Sgt. Skip Showalter. “(She) had been knocked down by the vehicle and subsequently run over. The child was not harmed.”
Paramedics arrived several minutes later, but could nothing for Williams.
Showalter said the child remains in his father’s care, and the investigation is continuing.
“It is unclear at this point if the truck’s transmission was ever placed in the park position, or if it slipped out of gear,” he said.