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Woman pinned under SUV driven by 11-year-old at Fayetteville daycare

Posted June 19, 2013
Updated June 21, 2013

— A 43-year-old woman was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center early Wednesday after being pinned underneath an SUV driven by her 11-year-old child, Fayetteville police said.

Melissa Watson was hit about 7:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Forever Young Child Care, in the 700 block of McArthur Road.

According to authorities, Watson was inside the daycare speaking to a staff member when her child started the 2013 Dodge Durango and tried to move it closer to the front door. As the child moved the SUV, it accelerated and rolled into a tree. 

When Watson came back outside, she tried to get the child to put the car in park. Instead, the child put the car in reverse, hitting and pinning Watson, police said.

Emergency personnel worked for nearly 45 minutes to free Watson before she was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. 

No other information was released.


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  • NoObamaCare Jun 20, 2013

    Try explaining this one to your insurance company!

  • dbgoodyear2010 Jun 20, 2013

    Nauti-dog, it seemed that it was a simple little question that obamacare asked about the remote. Not all vehicles have remote starts and not everyone may know how they work. I don't see how asking a question is spewing ignorance. You could have stopped with your description, but then you had to show how ignorant you are,

  • marciamal1 Jun 20, 2013

    Why wasn't the keys with her? I hope and pray she recovers from this terrible tragedy.

  • Terkel Jun 20, 2013

    Why the delay in reporting the fact that the child was at the wheel? I can understand not giving out names, but surely this part of the story was known immediately.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jun 20, 2013

    @obamacare, remote starters will do only that to a car. I have one myself. Until you put they key in, move it to the "on" position, and put the car in gear it will do nothing but run a while and shut off. You REALLY ought to find something to do instead of spewing ignorance on this board. Pretty sad....

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  • Obamacare forever Jun 20, 2013

    I wonder if this truck was equipped with a remote starter which the 11 year old activated while playing with the keys to the vehicle.

  • Good Bye WRAL Jun 20, 2013

    As far as I know, you should be able to turn the keys off in any car, regardless of transmission position. There are interlocks to keep you from Starting a car in other than neutral (brake interlock, etc.) but you should always be able to stop the engine by turning the keys to off. Unless the 11 y.o. knew to press the brake pedal 1st, the car was likely already running?

    That's also a missed opportunity when people have the runaway car issue - they could've stopped or slowed down by simply turning the ignition/keys off.

  • carrboroyouth Jun 20, 2013

    Kid's gonna be grounded for life! I bet the child does feel guilty though. I'd imagine that he/she was trying to be thoughtful in moving the car close to the entrance for Mom.

  • computer trainer Jun 20, 2013

    OOPS!!! I suspect that 11 year old will not get a licenses for a while. What a scary thing to happen!