A Washington state man was pinned between two SUV’s at Willers Motel at Case and 101 in Newport this evening. A witness said she saw a white SUV rolling backwards in the parking lot with a man behind it shoving hard, trying to stop it before it hit another car. But the SUV kept rolling and pinned the man to another vehicle. She said the victim wiggled free but fell to the ground. Assistant Fire Chief Rob Murphy happened to be in the area, heard the call and was on scene in seconds. He helped to keep the victim properly positioned until paramedics could arrive. Upon their arrival, paramedics and fire/rescue got the man onto a gurney for a very short ride to PCH, just a block and a half away. The victim was alert and talking the entire time but obviously in a lot of pain.
Newport Police said it appears that the vehicle’s transmission may have malfunctioned, allowing the vehicle to roll backward although in gear. No apparent damage was done to the other vehicle.