Driveway accident injures two |

Driveway accident injures two

A parking brake on a 2000 Chrysler released and injured two people in Meyers Sunday morning.

Betty Valien, a 71-year-old woman from Isleton, Calif., felt pain in her neck, back and chest after the driver’s side door of the rolling car knocked her down. A helicopter flew Valien to Washoe Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition Sunday night.

John Setnor, 55, of Meyers, suffered road rash on his back when the car dragged him. He was treated and released at Barton Memorial Hospital.

The accident took place at a home on the 1200 block of Ottawa Drive around 11 a.m. Valien’s husband, Robert, was behind the wheel of his four-door sedan when it began an unexpected 25-foot descent down a steep driveway.

He reportedly had trouble disengaging the parking brake. The car went into reverse when Setnor reached into the car and released it, said the California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Gwaltney. CHP is still investigating the accident.

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