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Elizabethtown woman dies after being pinned by SUV

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County coroner says that a woman injured in an Elizabethtown accident Thursday night has died of her injuries.

The coroner says Shannon Gales was pronounced dead at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday at University Hospital.

Kentucky State Police say Gales, from Elizabethtown, Ky., fell victim to a catastrophic crash just feet from her front door.

Police say she ended up trapped underneath her SUV with her 2-year-old daughter inside.

Sheree Geary said she wishes her daughter would have asked for help Thursday night.

"She is always willing to help," Geary said. "She did what she can do for everybody."

Just before 9 p.m., Kentucky State Police say Gales ran out of gas traveling from Hodgenville, Ky. to Elizabethtown, Ky. with a friend.

They say the 25-year-old mother and a passenger started pushing a GMC-Jimmy, trying to get to her mother's house on Larue Lane.

Police say Gales was pushing with her 2-year-old daughter in the car.

"If you really know Shannon, she's stubborn," Geary said. "She likes to do things on her own. She's real strong, saying 'I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!'"

"At some point the vehicle rolled backwards," said KSP Trooper Norman Chaffins. "The passenger quit pushing. The mother said, 'I'm not letting go because my baby's in the car,' and the vehicle rolled back, went into a ditch, over a very steep culvert."

Shattered glass shows where Gales became trapped underneath the SUV.

"I seen where it busted through the fence," said Mildred Edlin, a passenger. "It was sitting like this, and then I seen it roll, and the last words I heard from her was, 'Help me!'"

Police say Gales suffered severe crush injuries and was taken to University Hospital, where she died Saturday afternoon.

"Our troopers and a couple volunteer firefighters actually lifted the vehicle off of her and were able to pull her out from underneath the vehicle," Trooper Chaffins said.

Perhaps what's most troubling is how close Gales got to her mother's house, no more than 500 feet away. 

It turns out Gales is actually a mother of three: a 7-year-old boy, a 6-month-old little girl and the 2-year-old who was in the car. That 2-year-old is okay.

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