Published: Jun 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 25, 2014 5:32 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - A community is reeling from a terrible tragedy.

Alys Arnall, 62, was crushed by her own pickup truck at the corner of Elm and Yale Streets in Englewood.

"All I saw was just an overwhelming amount of emergency vehicles -- fire trucks, ambulance, cop cars," said Gina Bowman, who lives at the intersection where the accident happened.  "You could tell it was something tragic."

"I saw all the commotion," said Linda Vibbert.  A close friend of Arnall's who lives down the street.  "When I saw the black truck, I was hoping it wasnt my friend. But it was."

A breast cancer survivor, Arnall was well-known for helping her neighbors, according to her younger sister, Jane Arnall.

Friends and family tell WINK News Arnall was visiting an elderly neighbor to help care for her cats, when tragedy struck.

According to investigators, Arnall thought she'd put her truck in park when she got out of the cab, but the truck was in reverse.  Arnall was dragged across Yale Street and pinned to a telephone pole.  

Rescue workers pronounced Arnall dead at the scene.

"(Arnall) was a lovely, beautiful woman -- and just cared," VIbbert said.  "I've been to nine funerals already this year, and i know God's purpose, but it still hurts. Especially the way this happened."