Greenwich Police have released the identity and condition of a woman gravely injured yesterday when she was rolled over by her own car on Loughlin Road in Cos Cob. Greenwich resident Xu Yang was rushed to the Trauma Center at Stamford Hospital shortly before 6 p.m. yesterday and is currently in critical, but stable, condition, according to police reports.
A subsequent investigation found that Yang had stopped her sedan at the top of her slightly inclined driveway and exited the vehicle without shutting off the ignition or putting the car in park. Still in drive, the car began to move forward with Yang only partially out of the driver’s door opening, dragging her along with the automobile.
Yang reached into the vehicle and turned off the ignition, causing the car to stop moving forward. The car, still not in park, changed directions and began to roll down the driveway’s slope—Yang, who was still stuck in the driver’s door opening, was also pulled backwards.
As the car rolled down the hill, its open door struck a tree adjacent to the driveway, knocking Yang to the ground and forcing her under the door.
The car continued past the injured Yang down the length of the path, rolling over a decorative lamp post before slamming into a small pine tree and stone wall bordering the driveway.
Greenwich Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical services responded to the call, where Yang was reported to have suffered “potentially” life-threatening injuries, according to emergency radio transmissions.
No one else was injured and no other property damage was caused during the accident, said Greenwich Police. Stamford Hospital could not be reached for further comment on Yang’s condition.