An 80-year-old Albany woman who was volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program in Guilderland was in critical condition Monday night after she was run over by her own car as she tried to stop it from rolling away.
Guilderland police identified the victim as Kathleen King of Greenwich Drive. They said she had parked her car outside the 1700 Building at the Brandywine Apartments on Route 155 and gotten out of it when it began to roll backwards.
King ran after the car but, as she tried to stop it, she was struck by the vehicle and knocked to the ground.
According to police, the woman’s head was pinned to the ground by one of the car’s tires. Emergency responders and other people at the scene lifted the vehicle off King so that she could be treated by paramedics from the Guilderland Emergency Medical Services and then transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Westmere Fire Department personnel also were on the scene and assisting.
King was listed in critical condition at the hospital Monday night.
The Meals on Wheels program delivers meals to shut-ins, including elderly people, to ensure that they have access to at least one nutritious meal each day. In Guilderland, the program is operated by the town’s senior services department, which sponsors a meal for seniors at town hall every Tuesday as well as the weekday delivery of meals to shut-ins.