WOODBURY, Minn. (WCCO) — It was just after 10 a.m. Wednesday when Hannah Osorio and Jenna McChesney pulled into a Woodbury Super America station to fill-up with gas. No sooner had they gotten out of their car when they heard the screams and witnessed a terrible sight near the front entrance to the store.

A customer walking outside the store in the front parking lot was suddenly struck and pinned by a Ford Excursion. His legs appeared to be wrapped up in the front wheel well with the heavy axel, crushing the left side of his chest.

“And then everybody started screaming and running over there and the gentleman driving the Excursion tried backing up the vehicle to get off the other gentleman, but it just made the whole thing worse,” Osorio said.

The tan sport utility vehicle remained parked on the spot where its 45-year-old driver hit the man. Before paramedics and firefighters arrived on the scene, Osorio, McChesney and several others were at his side but there was little they could do.

“So I just tried keeping the guy conscious so he wouldn’t pass out cause he was in that state with his head open that much, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” said McChesney.

When firefighters pulled up they used pneumatic tools to jack the massive vehicle up and off the victim. A state patrol reconstruction team arrived a short time later to begin the task of documenting the scene. Woodbury Police Commander Jay Alberio said their investigation is continuing.

For those who came face to face with the tragedy, it’s still fresh in their minds and impossible to forget.

“He (the victim) was talking and answering questions I asked him and then pretty much just went into shock, just started moaning,” said McChesney.

“It was rough, he was in rough shape. I’ve never seen anything so horrific,” Osorio said.

Police say the 65-year-old victim, Kenneth Burke from Little Canada, was transported to Regions Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. Authorities identified the driver of the vehicle who hit Burke as Michael Carroll of Woodbury. Police said it doesn’t appear at this time that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.

Comments (8)
  1. Niki says:

    Am I the only one confused that the article states they are not listing the names of the victim and driver of the vehicle and then a paragraph later they list both of their names?

  2. NEW WRITER says:

    CBS News needs a new write, this happens all the time. I’m available!

    1. Sam says:

      I believe you mean: “…new writer. This…”
      Really, if you think CBS has such bad writing, why read the articles?

  3. Barb Altman Cline says:

    Both of you need to learn to read and comprehend what you read.

  4. jackactionhero says:

    This idiot driver needs his license revoked, and needs to serve time in prison and pay for his victim’s doctor and rehabilitation expenses. There is no excuse for running an old man down in a parking lot. The drive obviously wasn’t paying a GD bit of attention to where he was driving at all. My god, man. What were you thinking?

  5. me says:

    Perhaps something was wrong with the vehicle? It says he tried to back up but it made it worse–maybe this is an issue with the Ford Excursion he was driving, not the driver. You should consider the alternatives before you jump to conclusions.

  6. SUV says:

    Well the problem here is the big, gas hog, SUV right liberals? If it would have been a Prius, this would have never happened. We need more bogus, green energy to stop these things from happening.

    1. Homer says:

      You’re angry.

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