A 'loving' mum was tragically killed after being run over by her own car.

Sandra Jones fell out of the vehicle as she was trying to reverse into a disabled parking bay outside her home in Clarence Street, Leigh, on December 3.

The 68-year-old was returning from the supermarket when the freak accident happened.

An inquest into Mrs Jones' death at Bolton Coroner's Court heard she was left with multiple severe injuries, which proved fatal.

Eyewitness Barry Ward told Wednesday's hearing that he had been driving along Clarence Street at about 11.30am when he noticed Mrs Jones standing next to her grey Ford Fiesta.

He then described seeing the vehicle 'swing violently' before knocking her to the floor.

An inquest into Mrs Jones' death was held at Bolton Coroner's Court on Wednesday

PC Martin Davies, a forensic collision reconstruction officer at Greater Manchester Police, told the inquest that Mrs Jones had been trying to park outside her house at the time.

Having put the car into reverse, she opened the door to assist with the manoeuvre.

PC Davies said it was likely she had then fallen out of the vehicle, pulling the wheel in the process.

That caused the front of the car to swing out into the road, and the front wheel to travel over her body.

The car's momentum then carried it backwards on to the kerb before smashing into a neighbour's wall.

Neighbours rushed to Mrs Jones' aid after hearing her desperate cries for help.

Aime Bailey told the court she ran outside after looking out of her window to see the pensioner lying in the road.

She found the engine still running and the driver's door wide open.

When she asked what had happened, Mrs Jones told her: "It just went backwards."

Ms Bailey told police Mrs Jones was 'a creature of habit' and said she would often lean out of the vehicle when parking up to ensure she was aligned with the kerb.

Another witness, Michelle Butler, said she heard Mrs Jones explain that she was 'half in and half out' of the vehicle when she 'lost balance and went under'.

The court heard that no mechanical faults had been detected on the vehicle.

An ambulance was called to the scene and Mrs Jones was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where she died later that day.

A post-mortem examination carried out following her death found she had suffered severe injuries to her right arm and left leg, as well as to her liver and one of her lungs.

Pathologist Dr Ravindra Sawant told the hearing that the injuries were 'severe enough to have resulted in death'.

Mrs Jones' daughter, Janine Core, described her mother was a 'caring' women, who was devoted to her family.

She told of how Mrs Jones could be 'unsteady on her feet' and had fallen and banged her head while at a bank in Leigh just a few months earlier.

Ms Core said her mother, a former domestic worker, was keen to retain her independence so family had urged her to use a crutch as support.

She said she had become concerned about her mother in the weeks before her death as she appeared to be missing her late husband and had lost confidence in going out.

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Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Alan Walsh described what had happened as 'immensely tragic'.

He added: "Mrs Jones was a very caring, loving and respected lady and an important member of her family.

"It is extremely sad that she should be driving a car and, in the process of parking it, she should then suffer unsurvivable injuries."