A Florida woman was run over by her own car while trying to escape an angry cat, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
A woman is in critical condition after she was run over by her own car. The scene sounds ridiculous but resulted in potentially life-threatening injuries for the unidentified woman, who recounted her tale to police.
The woman told investigators that she was getting into her car early Monday morning when a neighborhood cat jumped into the car and attacked her, biting and scratching the woman. Trying to escape, she got out of the car but forgot she’d already placed it in reverse. She was then struck and run over by her own car.
“It’s very unusual to have an animal leap into a car and bite somebody like this and then get run over by your own car. The car rolled into the street and did strike a parked vehicle as well,” said Lt. Channing Taylor told CBS affiliate WKMG-TV.
“According to neighbors, and the woman, she had gotten in her vehicle and was about to back up when one of the neighborhood cats jumped in the car and either bit her or scratched her, one of the two,” said Taylor. “She became distracted and fell out of the vehicle and was actually struck by her own vehicle.”
Neighbors spotted the woman lying on the ground and contacted emergency medical response. She was later airlifted to hospital with critical injuries. The current condition and identity of the woman have yet to be released by authorities.
Speaking with CBS News, Florida Highway Patrol officials say they investigated a neighbor with several cats but none of them appeared to be aggressive.
In other cat-related news, a Florida contractor says he was attacked by a bobcat while he was working in a woman’s condo. He filed suit in mid-December saying the woman illegally keeping a bobcat as a pet. The condo owner contends that her kitty, Calli, is just a 10-pound domestic longhair and not a wild animal.