Police: North Port teen backs van over grandmother

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NORTH PORT, Fla. --  A 13-year-old girl girl accidentally ran over her grandmother while backing out of a driveway Wednesday, killing her, police say.

It happened Wednesday evening just after 6pm at the 4400 block of Mckibbens Drive in North Port.  According to the North Port Police Department, 68-year-old Judith Anne Jellema parked her van in a driveway crooked and asked her 13-year-old granddaughter to straighten the vehicle out. 

The teen shifted the van into reverse, and it began rolling, causing the open driver's side door of the van to hit Jellema, knocking her down into the path of the vehicle.  The girl attempted to stop the vehicle but stepped on the accelerator, causing the front tire to roll over Jellema.

Rescue crews were called, and Jellema was airlifted to Blake Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.  Charges are pending.