Woman dies in May 14 accident

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By Tammy Shaw

Emergency officials responded to a May 14 accident at 3710 Ballardsville Road in Smithfield in which a woman got pinned between a vehicle and a boat, according to an investigation by a Henry County Sheriff’s deputy. The victim was identified as Kimberly C. Rybicki of Smithfield.
First responders received a report at approximately 11 a.m., and personnel from the sheriff’s office, Henry County EMS, Eminence Fire Department and the Henry County Coroner responded to the scene, according to information from Deputy Josh Jamiel.
It appeared to the deputy that the accident probably happened around 9:30 a.m., when Rybicki left the home where she lived with her cousin.
The last time Rybicki was seen was at about 9:40 when a family member drove by the property, where the woman was picking up her cousin’s mother-in-law for a doctor’s appointment. The cousin noticed the vehicle, but didn’t see anything wrong.
Jamiel believes that when Rybicki was getting into or out of the vehicle, she didn’t realize it was in neutral, he said. With the car door open, the woman was trapped between the door and the seat, as the vehicle rolled.
Rybicki tried to stop the car but the boat pressed into the door, trapping her inside the car.
Rybicki died at the scene before anyone realized what was going on, according to Jamiel.