Jianhua Qin, 55, an estate agent from Cary in North Carolina, became trapped under the wheel of the hire car when her husband Li You took his foot off the brake and failed to apply the handbrake
An American tourist was accidentally crushed to death by a hire car in front of her horrified son after her husband failed to park properly at a Cotswolds beauty spot, an inquest has heard.
Jianhua Qin, 55, an estate agent from Cary in North Carolina, became trapped under the wheel of the hire car when her husband Li You took his foot off the brake and failed to apply the handbrake.
Mr You, who did not attend the inquest, said he drove automatic cars in the US and never used the handbrake because it was 'not normal to do so' in his home country.
The inquest in Gloucester heard how Mrs Qin, her husband and their son Corey had arrived in England on June 26 and collected a rental car in Bath.
He was asked whether if he driven a manual car before and insisted that he had done.
The following day they had driven to the North Cotswolds.
Mr You took a side road up a hill at Buckle Lane in Saintbury so the family could take some photographs. His son got out of the front passenger side and his wife out the back seat.
He then turned the engine of the Nissan Xterra off and took his foot off the brake pedal.
As the car started to move backwards, he jumped back into the driver's seat and pushed his foot on the brake but nothing happened, as the engine wasn't running.
He heard his wife yelling as he desperately tried to stop the vehicle.
When the car finally stopped his wife was trapped under the front right driver's wheel, he said.
He tried to rescue her but she was stuck so he told his son to call '911'.
He said he was in 'total panic', telling the inquest: 'I told her to hold on and we would get her out. I kept saying 'Don't give up.'
Two men who were driving past stopped and helped lift the car to free Mrs Qin, but by then her face was purple and there was no sign of life, her husband said.
Mr You took a side road up a hill at Buckle Lane in Saintbury (pictured) so the family could take some photographs. His son got out of the front passenger side and his wife out the back seat
Gloucestershire police collision investigator PC David Langridge said the rental car was in perfect order but it appeared Mr You had not put the car into park mode and the handbrake had not been applied.
The officer said: 'It appears he started to get out and after taking his foot off the brake he realised the car was rolling. He attempted to regain control but failed to do so.'
Mrs Qin had tried to stop the car from moving but it knocked her down and she ended up underneath the wheel
PC Langridge said a scuff mark with a long black hair on it was found on the side of the car.
This suggested Mrs Qin had tried to stop the car from moving but it knocked her down and she ended up underneath the wheel.
The Assistant Coroner Caroline Saunders called Mrs Qin's actions a 'fatal mistake.'
'Mrs Qin tried to manually stop the moving car but was unable to do so and she became trapped underneath', said Mrs Saunders.
'Her husband believed he had put the car into 'park' mode but he had not done so, nor was the handbrake engaged.'
Mrs Saunders recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
She said: 'Mrs Qin sustained massive internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The post mortem confirmed her extensive and the catastrophic nature of her injuries.'