A pensioner died when a neighbour helping her reverse her automatic car released the hand brake and it lurched backwards over her.
Good samaritan Ray Featherstone, 72, had offered to help Susan Tovey as she struggled to manoeuvre her Ford Fiesta out of a tight parking spot in Emily Frost Close in Wickhambrook on Wednesday.
Mrs Tovey, 74, had got out of her car and was standing behind it as Mr Featherstone got in but it had been left in gear, shot backwards and knocked her down.
Mr Featherstone desperately tried to stop the car but he got caught in the door as it reversed and was dragged a short distance along the ground.
Mrs Tovey, who had been on her way to a local pub to play bingo, was killed instantly in the tragedy.
Mr Featherstone, a retired pub landlord, said: “It’s really hit me now, mentally. I’m all aches and pains, but I’m over that. She’s not there anymore, I feel awful, to be honest. I feel terrible. Why did I have to go to the window?
“I lay there for 30 seconds afterwards and I was scared to move, thinking ‘am I paraplegic?’ I was so lucky, if I’d gone the other way, the car would have gone over me.”
Paramedics were unable to save Mrs Tovey.
Mr Featherstone needed hospital treatment for shock and had stitches in a gash on his head and was left with cuts and bruises on his arms, legs and back.
Police are continuing with their inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident which happened around 7.20pm.
Any witnesses should call PC Danny Ormes at Suffolk Police on 101.