Colin Krieger/The Packet
A Columbus woman found herself stuck on a suburban hillside after she pulled off of the highway following a car accident last Wednesday afternoon. Peggy Kennedy was reportedly travelling south on Highway 45 North in Columbus in the left lane when she struck another vehicle as she attempted to turn left into the nearby Carl Hogan Toyota dealership. Kennedy’s 2008 Toyota RAV 4 Limited SUV hit the driver’s side of a 1995 Chevy Tahoe driven by Steve Cochran.
According to witnesses, Kennedy quickly pulled across the highway to nearby Reeves drive, and Cochran parked his truck up the road in the parking lot next to Creekstone Chevron. Reportedly feeling somewhat dazed by the collision, Kennedy pulled into a driveway off of Reeves Drive where she was quickly attended to be District Two Volunteer Firefighters John Baker and Andrew Pace, who fortuitously lives in a nearby residence.
While the firefighters were speaking with Kennedy, she accidentally placed her SUV in reverse and quickly sped away from her rescuers, across the roadway, and up a nearby hill, ending up in a wooded area between Reeves Drive and The Office Sports Bar. E-911 operators,who had already been notified of the initial accident, were made aware of the second incident and quickly radioed out for Columbus Fire and Rescue and ambulance crews to respond to the scene.
Kennedy was carefully removed from the SUV by first responders and examined by paramedics on scene. Steve Cochran patiently waited for information from where he was stationed, nearly two full blocks from where Kennedy was being treated. Despite the significant damage to his formerly pristine vehicle, Cochran said he was glad that Mrs. Kennedy was OK.
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