Family describes slow-motion horror of seeing mom roll over ledge in car

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two little girls watched helplessly as the car carrying their mother rolled off a 20-foot ledge and landed upside down.

The near-fatal accident happened on Thursday night near a laundromat parking lot off East Truman Road and Hardesty Avenue.

The woman’s family identified her as 26-year-old Michelle Funk, a single mother of two who they believe is lucky to be alive.

“It was frightening,” said her father, Raymond Funk. “I mean, just seeing your daughter in a car and you can’t get her out, it’s awfully scary.”

Funk said the scene was shocking: A two-door mustang convertible carrying his daughter, Michelle, was flattened after rolling off a 20-foot retaining wall.

He said Michelle had just pulled into an alleyway behind their house and was about to pick up her children when, “She got out of the car and she got the seat forward, the car took off, she tried to save the car from going down the alley, and she could not do it,” he explained.

Funk said Michelle must’ve forgotten to put the car in park and he doesn’t know if she tried to hit the brakes. All of it happened in slow motion as her two little girls, just five and eight years old, stood in the yard and helplessly watched.

“Scary – like really scary,” was how Michelle’s eight-year-old daughter, Maryah Clinton, described watching her mother roll off the ledge.

Funk said Michelle was screaming. He tried to comfort her as first responders worked to get her out.

“She was just mainly worried about her kids,” he said. “The car, she wasn’t worried about it. Cars can be replaced. She can’t.”

Emergency personnel rushed Michelle to the hospital, where Funk said she got stitches and had surgery on a broken arm. Minor injuries, he said, when you consider what could’ve happened.

“God was with her yesterday,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”

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