SWANSBORO, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Police say a woman is in critical condition after she was run over by a car twice in what appeared to be a freak accident.

It happened at the parking lot of the Food Lion at 1409 W Corbett Ave. in Swansboro. Police said they got the 911 call at about 9:20 p.m. Monday.

According to the Swansboro Police Department, 24-year-old Felicia Higinbotham, of Newport, had arrived at the Food Lion with a 24-year-old man.

They both entered the store together, said police. But at some point, Higinbotham went outside and sat down outside the car-- by the rear passenger side-- while waiting for the man.

The man later came outside and thought Higinbotham had left with someone else because he did not see her, police explained. The man then got into his 1995 Mitsubishi and backed over Higinbotham, according to investigators.

The man told officers it felt like a ball joint broke in his car so he pulled forward, trapping Higinbotham underneath the vehicle, said police.

Once officers arrived at the scene and saw Higinbotham pinned underneath the car, they tried to jack the vehicle up. Fire and EMS crews then placed inflatables underneath the car and lifted the vehicle.

Police said first-responders were at the scene for about an hour and a half.

Crews took Higinbotham to Onslow Memorial Hospital. She was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center, where she was stable but in critical condition as of 3 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. Police said they are working to determine what types of injuries she suffered.

Police told NewsChannel 12 no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.

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