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Woman crushed to death
24-year-old pinned by car door at gate

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 24-year-old woman trapped inside her vehicle outside a Lawrenceville apartment complex died Thursday, authorities said.

Police said Jamie Melissa Coleman was attempting to enter the gate outside the Holland Park apartment complex on McKendree Church Road at 2:14 a.m. when her 2003 Volkswagen Passat rolled forward, pinning her inside the door as she was leaning out to activate the entry gate.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said Coleman, a Holland Park apartment resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"She was between her car and the car door," Moloney said of the accident. "The door was shoved by the guard post (a cement post at the gate)."

Although medical tests are pending, it is believed Coleman died of asphyxiation, Moloney said. He said it is unknown how long it could take for autopsy results confirming the cause of death.

Moloney said he was unsure who found Coleman outside the apartments.

"I believe it was called in by another person who drove up to the gate, but I don't have that information at this time," Moloney said.

Authorities believe Coleman may have been drinking and intoxication could have contributed to the accident, but toxicology tests, whose results could take months, are not available.

Apartment personnel would not comment on the incident and referred the Post to a corporate risk assessment manager in Denver. Messages were left with the manager, but calls were not returned as of press time Thursday.