A pensioner was run over and killed by his own car which rolled backwards off his driveway as he tried to move it from his garage.
Tragic Ian Killick, 78 suffered horrific head injuries when he was hit by his green Honda Accord on Harvington Road, Bromsgrove, Worcs., at around 9am yesterday.
Neighbours revealed the pensioner had been trying to wheel his car from the garage on to his driveway while he waited for a recovery service to arrive to tend to a flat battery.
They said the car had picked up pace and rolled backwards dragging him under the wheels of the car where he became trapped.
His horrified wife Elsie, 77, who was indoors at the time, called emergency services.
Paramedics and the air ambulance attended the scene but Mr Killick was pronounced dead on his driveway.
West Mercia Police yesterday confirmed they have launched an investigation into how the incident occurred – but believed it to be a tragic accident.
A force spokesman said: “The air ambulance was called out but the man had sustained extensive head injuries and was certified dead at the scene.
“No-one was in the car at the time, and there was no damage to the vehicle or any property.
“West Mercia Police has launched an inquiry into the circumstances.
“House to house inquiries have been carried out but officers would like to hear from anyone else who saw or heard anything.”
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is an absolute tragedy, Ian was the loveliest old man you could wish to meet. He was still very active for his age as well.
“He wanted to make life easier for the Green Flag men for when they arrived, but as he tried to wheel the car out without the hand brake on he’s obviously lost control of the vehicle.
“It was all for a broken battery as well.
“He’s suffered horrendous injuries to his head and there was lots of emergency services in attendance.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Glenn Jones at Rubery Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.