Woman who drove car over seawall charged with unsafe backing

The car is lifted from the seawall Sunday.

The car is lifted from the seawall Sunday.

The Milford woman who accidentally backed her car down a seawall in the Morningside area of town Sunday morning received minor injuries and a warning for unsafe backing.

Police said Sheila Richards, 73, was backing her car out of her driveway at about 11 a.m. when the car crossed the seawall and fell about 30 feet before landing on its roof.

The first arriving firefighters found the vehicle at the bottom of the seawall, with Richards still inside.

Once reaching the vehicle, Fire Department personnel checked the driver for injuries and then began a complicated removal due to Richards being upside down and wearing a seatbelt.

Richards was conscious and alert, and she was safely removed and reevaluated for any injuries, then carried up to an awaiting ambulance and transported to Yale – New Haven Hospital for further medical evaluation of minor injuries.

All fire department personnel were cleared from the scene at 12:55 p.m.

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