ORANGE CITY - A woman was trampled and knocked unconscious at the start of a post-Thanksgiving sale at a Wal-Mart supercenter.
Patricia VanLester, 41, was first in line to grab a $29 DVD player at 6 a.m. Friday when she was knocked to the ground by a frenzy of shoppers.
"She got pushed down, and they walked over her like a herd of elephants," said VanLester's sister, Linda Ellzey. "I told them, "Stop stepping on my sister! She's on the ground!"'
Ellzey said some shoppers tried to help VanLester, forming a barrier around her, and one employee helped her get to her sister. Most people, though, just continued their rush for deals.
"All they cared about was a stupid DVD player," she said Saturday.
VanLester was flown to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Hospital officials said Saturday they did not have any information on VanLester.
Ellzey said that doctors told the family that VanLester had a seizure after she was knocked down and would likely remain hospitalized through the weekend.
"She's all black and blue," Ellzey said. "Patty doesn't remember anything. She still can't believe it all happened."
When Orange City and EVAC paramedics got to the store, they found VanLester lying on her left side on top of the DVD player, surrounded by shoppers seemingly oblivious to the unconscious woman, said Mark O'Keefe, a spokesman for EVAC Ambulance.
A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores in Arkansas described the incident as "unfortunate" and said she'd never heard of a such a melee during a sale.
"We are very disappointed this happened," said spokeswoman Karen Burk. "We want her to come back as a shopper."
Ellzey said Wal-Mart officials called Friday afternoon to ask about her sister. She said the store also apologized and offered to put the DVD player on hold.