Woman, 77, Saves Mail Carrier From Dog

(AP) A 77-year-old woman used her car to drive off a large dog that was attacking a mail carrier, saving the woman from more bite wounds.

Joan Michniewicz was backing out of her driveway when she heard Danielle Lawrence, 28, scream on Monday afternoon. Michniewicz drove at the mixed-breed dog and then yelled for Lawrence to jump in her car.

"I'm so lucky," said Lawrence, who has been on the job less than two months. "If she hadn't come, I would have been tore up worse than I was."

Lawrence suffered several bite wounds before Michniewicz arrived. The dog had pushed open a backyard gate and attacked her while she was walking up to a mailbox.

"It was a very frightening thing," said Michniewicz, a retired construction office manager. "But I thought, 'I just have to help this poor girl.' "

Police ticketed dog owner Sandra Kulchawick for allowing her pet to run loose.

Lawrence has been reassigned to a motor route.

"I don't want to say I'm traumatized. But I am upset," she said. "When I see a dog now, I get upset and fearful."

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