SALEM MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Employee Stops Runaway Visitor Vehicle
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An 82-year-old Nevada woman lost control of her vehicle and was dragged backwards down a cobblestone driveway while visiting the park on September 26th. The woman was stepping out of her minivan when it started to roll backwards down the sloped driveway of the Hawkes House, dragging her along the cobblestones as she clung to the open driver-side door. Maintenance employee Nathaniel White was moving boxes on an adjacent sidewalk and responded to the woman's cries for help, running over to the vehicle as it rolled towards moving traffic on Derby Street. White positioned himself between the woman and the door frame and depressed the emergency brake pedal with his hand, safely bringing the vehicle to a stop. Chief ranger Mike Parr, interpretive ranger John Clarke, and White then treated the woman for multiple foot lacerations. She was released with no further complications.
Name: Jonathan Parker, Public Information Officer