Police: Woman found under SUV killed by 'unfortunate accident'

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PHOENIX – A 33-year-old woman was run over and killed by her own vehicle in a Phoenix neighborhood late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Mendy E. Brooks was an emergency-room nurse and mother of four. Her youngest child is 5. Her oldest is 14.

It's still not clear exactly what happened, but police said Brooks' body was found pinned under her SUV in the middle of Campbell Avenue near 50th Avenue. Police first arrived on the scene at about 3 a.m. Monday. Investigators believe she had been there for several hours.

All investigators have said about the man who made the grisly discovery is that he did not call the police right away.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump, that man saw the headlights and realized they had been in one place for some time. He walked down the street to check it out. He apparently did not have a working cell phone with him and ended up walking to nearby Maryvale Hospital, Crump said.

Early aerial video of the scene showed a dark gray Honda Pilot in the center of the roadway. Police tape stretched across the street at both ends, closing Campbell Avenue between 50th and 51st avenues.

The Honda Pilot was towed from the scene at 9 a.m., about six hours after police launched their investigation.

Detectives are trying to determine what exactly happened. At this point, they have classified the case as an "unknown death" but believe it to be an "unfortunate accident."

Investigators do not know how Brooks came to be under the SUV nor have they released any specifics about the scene, but a 3TV photographer who was at the scene after the SUV was towed away said he did not see any skid marks on the street.

If you know anything about what happened Monday morning, you are asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151. You also can call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).