Blue Bell cardiologist pronounced dead after being run over by her own vehicle

Dr. Santosh Gupta-Bala, 64, of Blue Bell, died on Sunday, February 4 after her Acura SUV rolled over her in the driveway of her family’s home in Catasauqua, Lehigh County, police said.

Gupta-Bala was unloading her trunk around 6:30pm when her car began to roll, according to The Morning Call. She tried to get back in but fell beneath the vehicle.

The SUV came to a rest in the street after hitting a pickup truck. She was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, where she succumbed to injuries around 8:45pm.

Her death was caused by multiple traumatic injuries, Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio said.

According to Emergency Alerts County of Lehigh Facebook page, Gupta-Bala was found pinned under the front of the vehicle. Within four minutes, fire rescue arrived, stabilized the vehicle, and set up airbags for lifting operations to free her.

According to Medical News Today, Gupta-Bala worked at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia as a cardiology specialist and had 32 years experience. She attended Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP) for medical school and a residency at Medical College of Pennsylvania before completing a fellowship in cardiology at Medical College of Pennsylvania. 

Photo: Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia