SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - An incident report from what authorities called a "freak accident" that killed a woman at a Summerville drive-thru Wednesday suggests she did not hit the accelerator prior to becoming pinned by her vehicle door.
Pamela Page, 28, of North Charleston, died at approximately 8:52 a.m., according to Dorchester County Coroner Alice Durr.
Page was at the drive-thru of Biggby Coffee on Old Trolley Road when she apparently dropped something out of her car and she opened her car door and bent down to pick it up, Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said.
According to a police incident report, it appears she had her foot on the brake and her vehicle in drive while she bent down to pick up the items, but that her foot slipped off the brake while she was retrieving the items. This caused the vehicle to move forward and the driver's side door struck a pillar causing the door to pin her, the report states.
The responding officer stated there was no sign of an accelerated skid, which he said led him to believe Page had not hit the accelerator.
The coroner said Page died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The owners of Biggby Coffee had originally planned on reopening at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, but then decided the store would remain closed the rest of Wednesday out of respect for Page's family.
Regular customers who had not heard of the incident were shocked to see the store closed. When they did learn of what happened, they said they felt staying closed for the day was appropriate.
"My heart goes out to her family, that's so awful, I'm so sorry," Laurel Lea said. "Somebody lost their life. I can go somewhere else for coffee."
"Young people are dying really often these days," Summerville resident Judy Katz said. "I think it's just terrible. I just don't understand why. When I was 28 I never thought of dying."
The owner said he and his employees are in shock that something like this happened.
A friend of the family said Page's family was making their way down to the Charleston area. Page is from Blenheim, South Carolina, which is near Florence. The friend said Page has three young children, and the youngest just a few months old. Donations to the Page family can be made here.