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Man, 64, critical after bizarre car accident in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 64-year-old man is in critical condition after a car traveled backward across a parking lot and a four-lane street before colliding with a tree Thursday afternoon.

Richard Gray Reynolds, of Winston-Salem, suffered life-threatening injuries after a wreck around 3:50 p.m. in the 7700 block of North Point Boulevard, Winston-Salem Police said.

Reynolds was in a parking lot trying to get into a car driven by a 76-year-old man, police said. Reynolds wasn’t completely in the car when it started going in reverse, police said.

The driver thought his car transmission was in drive, police said. The driver, not knowing his car was actually in reverse, pushed the accelerator even further, police said.

With Reynolds hanging on, the car traveled backward across the parking lot and completely across North Point Boulevard, police said.

The car hit a large tree on the westbound side of North Point Boulevard and turned over, police said. Reynolds held onto the vehicle until it reached the left lane of North Point Boulevard, police said.

Reynolds was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver was taken to Wake Forest Baptist with non life-threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the wreck.