PETERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Tuesday morning started like every other day for Ashley Cramer McClintock and her three children. As she was getting them packed in her SUV in her parents’ Peters Township driveway and ready for school, things took a terrifying turn.
“One of the kids forgot her backpack, and she was running into get it. She said she put the vehicle in park, and when she got out, she noticed the vehicle started to roll down the driveway,” Jordan Cramer, Ashley’s brother, told Channel 11.
Ashley was able to stick her arm inside her SUV to turn the steering wheel.
“She talked through her thought process, and that was her primary concern, the kids in the car, and potentially the kids that might be walking to school on the street below,” he added.
Somehow, Ashley got pulled underneath the SUV.
“Maybe her foot got caught under one of the front wheels, and it just continued over her lower body. Her pelvis, hips, lower back, and injuries to her face swelling,” Cramer said.
Ashley’s kids saw it happen.
“They’re going through a lot. I talked to them the other night, and just talked to them about Ashley’s condition, and what she did to essentially save them, and make sure they were OK,” he said.
After Peters Township firefighters arrived at the scene, they decided Ashley needed to be life-flighted to Allegheny General Hospital. She has since undergone surgeries, and has a long road to recovery.
Ashley is a single mom, and owns a local spa. But because of her injuries, she won’t be walking for months, let alone able to work.
“It’s hard to accept help sometimes in situations like this, but sometimes people deserve it. I couldn’t think of someone more deserving right now with the road she has ahead,” Cramer added.
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