Henderson woman accidentally run over in driveway
Posted July 14, 2011
Henderson, N.C. — Visiting relatives accidentally struck an 82-year-old woman in her driveway last month, leading to her death a day later, according to Henderson police.
Mae Byrd Lloyd was standing in her driveway at 227 Gary St. while her brother and his wife, both in their 80s, were leaving around 5 p.m. on June 11, police said.
Her sister-in-law couldn't get the emergency brake off and didn't realize the car was in reverse, police said. Her husband got out of the car, leaned in and pulled the brake off. The car struck Mae Byrd Lloyd and her brother.
"Evidently, somebody, the lady, had her foot on the gas because the car backed up right quick," neighbor William Gray Tillotson said.
Lloyd was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center and died 12 hours later of complications from leg injuries. Relatives said her brother had an arm injury and is recovering.
Police didn't file any charges and ruled the situation accidental. They said the brake had a mechanical malfunction.
Lloyd's relatives didn't want to do an interview on camera, but said they were devastated by what happened.
"You couldn't have asked for a nicer neighbor," said Tillotson, who lived next to Lloyd for more than 30 years. "She'd do you a favor in a heartbeat."
Lloyd was retired after working for more than 40 years as a sales clerk at Sears Roebuck and Company, according to her obituary. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Lloyd was the widow of Hamlin Lee Lloyd and is survived by two sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She had three sisters and four brothers.