Susan Marie Cullen attempted to rescue Regis F. McCann from a runaway vehicle, Greenville, Pennsylvania, November 30, 1995. McCann, 67, was driving a van on a two-lane state highway through a residential area when he slumped over. The van continued, out of control; it mounted the curb then traveled, up a grade, both on the sidewalk and in adjoining yards, striking poles and a residence. Ms. Cullen, 22, cook, was in a car stopped at the scene and saw the van’s course. She immediately exited the car and chased the van, reaching it just after it had struck a utility pole and began to coast backward, down the grade. She opened the driver’s door and reached for the gearshift lever to stop the van, but it continued to move. Ms. Cullen lost her footing, the van door striking her, and fell to the ground. The van stopped against a tree. McCann was taken to the hospital but could not be revived. Ms. Cullen received hospital treatment for a laceration to her head, which required sutures, and other injury. She recovered.
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