A freak accident took the life of a 22-year-old student at Appalachian State University Tuesday night, authorities said.

Catherine Lee Whitten, whose permanent address was in Cary, died about 8 p.m. when she was crushed between her car and a tree, Boone Police Chief Zane Tester said.Tester said that Whitten had gotten out of her car in a residential area and when the car began to roll, she apparently had struggled to stop it or put it back into gear.

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