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Courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department

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A Winona Lake-area woman was seriously injured Wednesday after she was run over by a car backing out of her driveway, according a statement from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

Tracy A. Prater, 39, was arguing with her boyfriend, Benjamin D. Irvine, 37, in the driveway of their house in the 2200 block of South Lake Sharon Road when Irvine attempted to leave the house in Prater's car and backed over her, the statement said.

Irvine told police he did not see Prater as he was backing out, and later at the hospital she reaffirmed his claim that the incident was purely accidental, the statement said.

Deputies and emergency personnel arrived at the house at 5 p.m. while Prater was still trapped under the car. Emergency responders helped her get out, and she was immediately airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with serious injuries to her chest, neck and head, the statement said.

When deputies interviewed Prater last night at the hospital, she said she walked behind the car before Irvine started backing out and then slipped on the ice-covered driveway and fell, the statement said.