Teenage girl injured when run over at P.E.I. drive-in

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CHARLOTTETOWN - Lisa MacDonald of Summerside says her heart is still pounding after watching a teenager and her boyfriend driven over by a truck Sunday night at the Brackley Drive-In.

MacDonald was watching the last few minutes of World War Z when the unthinkable happened.

"I saw the whole thing,'' MacDonald told The Guardian on Tuesday. "He had his headlights turned on during the movie. I remember turning my head to look at (the truck) because it was annoying.

"I watched him throw it into drive, watching (the teenager) rolling underneath his truck and then banging on (the truck) telling him to stop. I jumped out of my chair, lost my cellphone and everything else that was on top of me and (raced over)."

MacDonald was the first person on the scene, pleading with the driver to stop. She said the driver did stop and slowly backed up.

"He said 'Oh my God, I just thought that was a blanket.' So he knew there was something there. He just chose to drive forward.''

Bob Boyle, who has owned and operated the drive-in since 1991, said from the reports he received, the driver of the truck thought it was safe to move forward rather than back up into the driveway.

"The driver of the truck saw the blanket there from reports (I was told) but assumed nobody was in the blanket and proceeded to drive over it,'' Boyle said. "It was unfortunate and a bad choice.''

The 15-year-old teen told MacDonald she was from Fort Augustus and was in Grade 10. The teen reportedly didn't sustain any serious injuries but no one would confirm that on Tuesday. She was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by Island EMS.

Boyle said it took paramedics only 10 minutes to arrive.

"That was amazing response time from Charlottetown,'' he said.

MacDonald said she stayed with the teenager the entire time.

"I sat there and held her hand. She was going into hysterics. I did what I could to keep her from passing out or freaking out. I carried on a conversation with her a good 10 minutes. It felt like forever. She just kept saying, 'The truck ran over me, the truck ran over me'.''

MacDonald said the teenager was making her first ever visit to the Brackley Drive-In and was lying on a blanket with her boyfriend, who was also trapped briefly under the truck. He reportedly didn't suffer any injuries.

"(The boyfriend) jumped up and ran and got her mom. He needed to be looked at, too, because he was underneath the truck, banging on it to stop.''

Boyle said a lot of people were shaken up following the incident.

"Even my staff member Jonathan (Waddell, who was boosting a car nearby) was shaken up. We've never had anything like that happen before at the drive-in. It was careless and, at the same time, unfortunate.''

MacDonald wants to emphasize that the teens involved in the accident were among a dozen or so people lying outside watching the movie in the grassy area in front of the screen and were not in an area where traffic should be moving. The drive-in has outdoor speakers so people can lie outside at the front.

MacDonald said the drive-in should rope off the area between the front row and where people watch on the grass.

Boyle is asking people heading to the drive-in to slow down on the property.

"Do not rush, take your time. Take a minute, walk around the car, check your area and proceed away slowly. Most mistakes happen when people are in a rush or when they're tired and at 1:30 in the morning (when the second show ends approximately) you're probably combining both.''

Boyle said he reached out to the teenager's family but hadn't heard back as of Tuesday.

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  • Carmen
    August 01, 2013 - 13:17

    I was there and it took more than 25 minutes for the parametics to get there not 10 minutes