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Molalla man pinned by his car in driveway


Taken by Life Flight to Portland hospital

A 24-year-old Molalla man was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland Thursday morning after he was run over by his own car in his driveway.

Molalla Fire District responded to the accident at 7:29 a.m. May 15 at 507 S. Leroy Ave. in Molalla.

Lt. Clint Shaver, a Molalla Fire District paramedic, said the injured man was having battery and ignition problems, and he was jumping the starter from under hood of his car.

“When the engine fired, the vehicle was in drive, and it produced enough power to move the car forward six feet,” Shaver said. “It pinned him between his house and the car.”

The man, whose name was not released, suffered injuries to the pelvic region.

Molalla paramedics took him by ambulance to Molalla Elementary School to meet the Life Flight helicopter, which landed in the school field.

Shaver said people need to be aware that if they have starter issues, they need to be sure the emergency brake is on before starting work on the vehicle.

“This is not the first time this has happened in Molalla,” he said. “It’s a pretty common accident.”