Tuesday 24 May 2022 04:55 PM Hairdresser, 57, died when she stepped out of her car and it reversed over her, ... trends now
A mobile hairdresser was dragged under her own car and killed when she was reaching inside the vehicle and accidentally reversed.
Blanche Mullinger had parked outside a client's home and stepped out of her SUV, leaving the automatic Mazda CX-5 in reverse and the engine running, an inquest into her death has heard.
She then went to grab something from the back of the car and reached into the front before accidentally putting her foot on the accelerator.
With one foot lodged inside, the 57-year-old was dragged under the front wheels of the 1.5 tonne vehicle and suffered a heart attack within in a minute of the accident.
Her client Marzena Ozimek today told Hampshire Coroner's Court in Winchester, Hants, she heard Ms Mullinger scream as she pulled up outside her house for an appointment.
Ms Ozimek said: 'I received a call from Blanche and she said she believed she was in front of my house.
Pictured: Hairdresser Blanche Mullinger was dragged under her own car and killed when she was reaching inside the vehicle and accidentally reversed, an inquest into her death has heard
'She was on her mobile phone... I saw her so I said "I can see you now, you can put down the phone", and I started coming down the stairs.
'As I came downstairs she was still on her phone. She was parked.
'I told her to get off the phone and then as I moved out I noticed Blanche was bending over in the rear offside car door which was open and it appeared that she was grabbing something.'
Ms Ozimek said she saw Ms Mullinger go to get back in the driver's seat when the car shot backwards.
She continued: 'I then heard a scream from Blanche. I started running towards her.
'I noticed Blanche's head was wedged under the front wheel of the right hand side of the car and her foot was still inside the car.
'It appeared her foot was stuck under the dashboard while the rest of her body was lying on the ground.'
Ms Ozimek said she