Austintown parking lot death ruled accidental

AUSTINTOWN — The December death of a woman in an Austintown parking lot has been ruled accidental.

According to a report from the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office, Gina M. Seelbaugh, 68, of Youngstown, collapsed moments before she was run over by a car pulling out of a parking space at Austintown’s Weston Center plaza on Dec. 20.

The report states that Seelbaugh died from blunt force injuries. The report is consistent with the police report from that day. The Austintown police report states that three separate witnesses told the same story.

According to that report, the driver walked to his car, which was parked two spaces away from Seelbaugh’s, while Sellbaugh was still standing next to the driver’s door of her own car. The witnesses stated that after the driver got into his car, they saw Seelbaugh collapse in the driving lane of the parking lot moments before the driver began pulling out of his parking space.

They told police the driver could not see her as he pulled out of the space, and Seelbaugh was motionless and did not make any noise, or attempt to stop the car from hitting her, according to the report.

The report states that at least one witness honked their car horn to get the driver’s attention, but he only stopped after his car’s front tire struck Seelbaugh’s head and chest. The report states that the driver and witnesses all attempted to administer first aid while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

At the time, fire Chief Andy Frost said his department responded to the scene, and said the car had to be lifted off of Seelbaugh before she could be moved to an ambulance.

The coroner’s report states that Seelbaugh arrived at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital about 3 p.m., unresponsive. The trauma team performed multiple surgical procedures but Seelbaugh was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m. The report does not state what caused Seelbaugh to collapse, noting that she did not have a primary care physician at the time of her death and the coroner could not obtain any recent medical records. However, the autopsy revealed liver disease, including cancer, and a clogged aorta.

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