Royal Newfoundland Constabulary examine a vehicle that lies on its side after an accident Thursday afternoon on the grocery store parking lot.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary examine a vehicle that lies on its side after an accident Thursday afternoon on the grocery store parking lot. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

Police and emergency responders were called to a St. John’s grocery store late Thursday afternoon after a fatal accident that claimed the life of an 81-year-old woman.

“We were advised by witnesses that a female was seen backing up,” said RNC media spokesperson, Const. Geoff Higdon, who spoke to reporters at the scene outside a Dominion supermarket on Blackmarsh Road.

He said the woman’s car then went up over a curb, and she lost control.

“Her vehicle had struck another vehicle that was unoccupied at the time, and subsequently rolled,” Higdon told reporters. Higdon later said the struck vehicle was occupied at the time, but no one inside was injured.

“Unfortunately, it appears as though she was partially ejected and appears to have been crushed by her own vehicle.”

Fatal accident Blackmarsh Road Dominion

Police say the woman was partially ejected from her car after it struck a pole, a curb and another vehicle before flipping over. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

Police are still investigating whether the woman was wearing a seatbelt.

Higdon said police got a call about the accident at 4:30 p.m.

A section of the parking lot was cordoned off with yellow tape and cone markers, and other vehicles were barred from the lot.

Police said the woman was alone in the vehicle when the accident happened.

Accident Blackmarsh Road Dominion

 Safety advice to all motorists,always use your Seat belt and make use of the side mirror and inner mirror.Also be conscious of other road users and study your environment for road signs or any other obstacles that could lead to accident.

Make safety your No 1 priority.

Source:CBC.CA