Sudden Valley resident killed by own car identified


SUDDEN VALLEY - A man who died when his own car ran over him on an icy hill has been identified as a 63-year-old resident of Sudden Valley.

James H. Schmidt couldn't get his 2005 Honda Accord up the steep, slick hill of Loganberry Lane. About 10 inches of snow pummeled Sudden Valley on Sunday, Feb. 23.

He gave up and figured he'd back out.

But first he needed to brush off his rear window. He set the emergency brake around 2:15 p.m. and stepped outside. The brake didn't hold, and the car ran him over, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Witnesses tried CPR but couldn't save Schmidt. He died at the scene.

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