A 61-year-old Nederland man was treated and released from Boulder Community Hospital on Wednesday after being run over by his own car, which he left in neutral after running it through a car wash in Boulder, according to Boulder police.
Harvey Arnold pulled his 1997 Lotus through the car wash at the Conoco in the 3300 block of 28th Street about 1:20 p.m. and was trying to dry the windows afterward when the car started to roll forward, said Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley. Arnold told officers that he was drying windows on the passenger side of the car, which he had left in neutral with the emergency brake on, when it began to roll, Huntley said.
“He ran in front of the car to try and stop it,” Huntley said.
Instead, the car pinned him underneath, and firefighters had to jack up the vehicle and pull him out from underneath. Arnold was treated for a fractured foot and other minor injuries.
Huntley said police believe that although Arnold had pulled the emergency brake, it wasn't fully engaged.
Passersby called police when they saw Arnold stuck under his car. Two people tried to lift the car off Arnold before authorities arrived, but they were unsuccessful, Huntley said.