Woman Trapped Under Van Dies

By Christina London and Dave Summers
|  Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013  |  Updated 7:36 AM PDT
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Family members comfort each other after a tragic accident leads to the death of an 80-year-old woman in her own drive way. NBC 7's Dave Summers reports.

Family members comfort each other after a tragic accident leads to the death of an 80-year-old woman in her own drive way. NBC 7's Dave Summers reports.

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A San Diego woman died after becoming trapped underneath a van in her own driveway Monday, according to fire-rescue officials.

San Diego police say the woman left her van in gear and somehow ended up in front of the vehicle where she was crushed.

Officers identified the woman as 80-year-old Ester Villa.

Neighbors spotted Villa under the van in her driveway at Beta and 37th Streets in Southcrest around 7:30 p.m.

They said they tried to get the woman out from under the van. One witness said he grabbed a jack to relieve the weight of the car from Villa.

They say they saw her moving her head when they first approached.

Shortly after, she stopped responding witnesses told NBC 7.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

How long Villa was under the car is unknown.

Neighbors say the victim's intellectually-disabled daughter who was standing by the vehicle panicked, not knowing what to do.

She was in the house at the time of the accident.

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