Woman, 22, crushed to death in freak accident after leaving car handbrake off

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A young woman who was tragically crushed to death by a vehicle could have been confused by its electronic handbrake.

Breanna Jones, 22, moved the Holden SVU from a driveway and got out. It then rolled backwards and crushed her. She died almost instantly.

It is believed she thought the electronic handbrake had been put on when it hadn't.

Her devastated dad, Daniel Jones, said the much-loved woman had a kind heart and "was always thinking about others".

"She had all the time in the world for other people," he said.

"Quite often she would get home a few hours late from work and you would find out it was because one of her co-workers was having a hard time, so she had stayed to chat with them.

"Her passion for other people, it was never too much. I know people say that a lot about their loved ones – but that was who she was."

Mr Jones told Daily Mail Australia his daughter, who has three sisters, was cheeky with a "fantastic dry sense of humour".

He said she had bravely battled against a neurological condition which left her in constant pain, but she had always been the "happiest, bubbliest" person in the room.

Commenting on the mysterious accident in South Adelaide, Australia, he said: "What we do know is that she went out to move the car, so her boyfriend could get into his usual parking spot. He spoke to her on the phone – he got back two to three minutes later.

"When he arrived, he found her. She was gone already.

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"We've been told by the coroner's office her death would have been quick. I am just glad it was."

An inquest will be held.

Friends on Facebook have paid tribute to the much-loved woman.

One friend said: "There are no words to describe how much you meant to everyone. Breanna you were such a joy to be around and you were so special to me and all that knew you."

Another said: "Precious Breanna, you were so generous with your love and joy! Your smile was so contagious – and you made everyone who knew you feel loved. You will be so deeply missed by us all!"

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