A woman has died after being "crushed" by her own car in High Wycombe just days before Christmas.

Emergency services were called out to Whitelands Road at around 8.30pm on Saturday (December 23) to reports of the woman, believed to be in her 20s, trapped underneath her car.

Despite attempts to save her by paramedics, the woman – now confirmed to be Sameha Mahmood, aged 25, who lived in Bassetsbury Lane – sadly died of her injuries at the scene.

The circumstances surrounding the incident have not yet been confirmed by police. 

But a friend of the woman's, who did not want to be named, told the Bucks Free Press she was crushed by her car after she parked up on the road with her handbrake up and went to call her mother, who is believed to live on the same road, as they were going out together.

The friend said the woman noticed the car rolling backwards down the hill and went to try and push it back up - and was sadly crushed under it.

Devastated neighbours have now paid tribute to the “lovely and happy” woman, who is believed to have had her eight-month-old daughter in the car with her at the time of the tragic accident.

Rakhmat Munir, who lives opposite the Sameha's parents, said: “All the time, she was smiling. She was always very happy and would wave to me. She was very nice and a kind person. It is such a horrible thing to have happened. Everyone is still in shock.”

Describing the night of the accident, she said she was upstairs hoovering when she heard shouting outside.

She said: “I saw people outside and I thought perhaps there was a fight or something. There was a police car blocking the road. My daughter told me to leave it but I thought perhaps there could have been an accident.

“I opened the door and Sameha's brothers were crying and asking for help. Her mother was crying. A neighbour said Sameha was under the car.

“Nobody saw how it happened but maybe she did not pull the handbrake up. She went behind the car to try and stop it but she couldn’t. They tried to save her but she died.

“She had gone to pick her mother up for a friend’s birthday. Her eight-month-old daughter was in the car.

“It was very horrible. I knew her when she was young. She grew up on this road. It is a very sad thing to happen. My eight-year-old daughter still can’t sleep, it was so horrible.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: “It is just so shocking, they are a really lovely family. I knew her mum. It is such a tragedy, she was such a young girl. She has a young baby and she worked at a pharmacy. It is so sad.

“She had gone to her mum’s, the car rolled and she tried to stop it. She passed away on the spot. People were trying to help her get out but they couldn’t. It is so, so sad.”

An inquest into Sameha's death has been opened and adjourned by Bucks Coroner's Court. 

Her funeral is expected to held this afternoon.

Did you know Sameha? Send your pictures and tributes to stephanie.wareham@london.newsquest.co.uk.