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Bystander seriously injured in Nevada County when vehicle accelerates in driveway

A Yuba City man was seriously injured Monday when he was struck by a vehicle in a bizarre accident in Nevada County.

The incident occurred about 12:40 p.m. at a residence on Melody Road in the Smartsville area as Jack Baldwin, 65, was attempting to turn his 2007 Ford Expedition around in the driveway at his home. The Ford was facing west and its rear was backed up against a pole supporting a basketball hoop. Stephen Kelly, 30, of Yuba City and another person were standing between the front of the Ford and some bookshelves, attempting to pull a tarp out of the way of the Ford’s tires, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Baldwin backed the Ford up, then attempted to pull slightly forward, and as he pressed the brake, his foot also depressed the accelerator. The Ford accelerated forward and struck Kelly, knocking him over the bookshelves and down the hillside embankment, according to the CHP. The Ford continued forward, down the embankment and on top of Kelly. Baldwin attempted to back up, but was unable to do so.

Baldwin immediately called 911, and the CHP and Penn Valley Fire Department responded to the scene. Kelly was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville with major internal injuries, according to the CHP.

Because of the inclement weather, the CHP reported, an air ambulance was not available and a ground ambulance was used.

CHP officials said neither alcohol nor drugs contributed to the accident, which is under investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy