updated 9/12/2011 1:06:26 PM ET 2011-09-12T17:06:26

A woman who was struck and killed by her own SUV in the parking lot of the Burger King headquarters in Miami has been identified, police said Monday.

Arlene M. Allen, of Miramar, Fla., began to pull out of a parking space at about 6:20 p.m. on Thursday when she hit another vehicle that was parked nearby, Miami-Dade County police said.

The woman got out her BMW SUV to assess the damage, but left her vehicle in reverse gear with the driver's door open, police spokesman Roy Rutland said. The car continued in reverse and struck Allen before hitting two other cars.

Police later pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

"At this point this just appears to be a tragic accident involving an adult female who was literally just trying to leave work," Rutland told WTVJ-TV. 

Police were continuing to investigate the accident.

WTVJ TV contributed to this report.


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