Mother crushed to death after she grabbed automatic garage door as it opened
The mother-of-one met a brutal death in front of her friend Susan Gilmore, who watched as she rose three feet from the floor before she began spewing blood from her mouth
A 40-year-old woman was crushed to death by an automatic garage door after she attempted to hold on to the doors as it opened, according to reports. The woman, identified as Heidi Chalkley, was reportedly pulled into the metal shutters in an underground car park in Ruth Bagnall Court, Cambridge after she held the opening shutters with her hands.
The mother-of-one and a social worker met a brutal death in front of her friend Susan Gilmore, who watched Chalkley in horror as she rose three feet from the floor before blood began spurting out of her mouth, according to the Daily Mail.
On the day of her death, Chalkley had parked her vehicle in a car park underneath Gilmore's home in Cambridge on August 14, 2016. The incident occurred when the duo was heading out for drinks.
Heidi Chalkley's family said that "without her this world is a much colder place"https://t.co/9FRM916wJd— Cambridgeshire Live (@Cambslive) October 22, 2018
Gilmore, while telling her inquest to the jury on Monday, said: "As it [the door] went up Heidi said to me, 'Have you ever held on to it as it goes up?' Heidi grabbed hold of the shutters. I thought she was going to let go. She started to panic as her hands got caught on the barrier."
"Everything happened so quickly, in a matter of seconds," Gilmore added.
Gilmore said that she called 999 from her home after the incident and went back to the garage doors, where she found a man and two women standing. "Her head was at an angle. I saw blood coming from her mouth and she wasn't breathing," Gilmore said.
Heidi Chalkley was heading out with friends when she decided to cling to the rising metal grille after using a clicker to open the door.https://t.co/GVK825cT9S— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) October 22, 2018
Reports state that a man living nearby also attempted to rescue Chalkley, however, paramedics told him that it was already too late. The neighbor, James Spitale, said that he heard noises from his back garden and ran out after he hears "something about a head."
"When I got there I looked at the woman and saw the woman's head was stuck in the shutting mechanism at the top," Spitale said in his witness statement. "She was hanging around three feet from the floor and there was blood coming from her mouth. She was not moving at all. I stood behind her and took hold of her legs. I tried my best to do anything I could."
According to a post-mortem examination of Chalkley, she suffered multiple fractures, including her arms, jaw, ribs and spine.