Aiken authorities are investigating the death of a 42-year-old woman who they say was accidentally struck this afternoon by a vehicle driven by her 13-year-old son.
Paula Phillips, of 229 East Pine Log Road, was pronounced dead at her home at about 4:15 p.m., according to a news release from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
Mr. Carlton stated that Mrs. Phillips was struck by her own sports utility vehicle as her son attempted to move it forward to allow him and some friends to play basketball in the driveway.
The release states that Mrs. Phillips was guiding her son as he drove, and the son accidently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to surge forward into Mrs. Phillips, pushing her under the vehicle.
"There is no evidence of malicious intent, rather Mrs. Phillips appears to be the victim of a tragic event," Mr. Carlton said.
The case is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, and the Aiken County Coroner's Office. It marks the 29th fatal collision in Aiken County this year.