Connie S. Miller attempted to rescue Cameron R. and Casey S. Vaughn from a runaway vehicle, Ringgold, Georgia, August 30, 1996. Twin brothers Cameron and Casey, 4, were inside their family’s van, parked on a residential street with its engine running, when the van began to move forward. Ms. Miller, 30, the boys’ babysitter, was in her yard adjoining the street, conversing with the boys’ mother, when she saw the van start to move. She ran to the vehicle’s driver’s side, then, with difficulty, partially entered it. The van continued; it had left the street and was coasting down the sloped yard toward a parked pickup truck. As Ms. Miller struggled to bring the vehicle under control, it struck a tree, forcing the opened door against her legs, then continued forward and struck another tree, which stopped it. One of the boys had a minor cut on his foot. Ms. Miller’s injuries included a serious cut to one leg that required hospitalization and surgery.
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