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ONLY ON 3: Woman beaten outside hospital

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LORIS, SC (WWAY) -- An elderly woman who used to own the Tabor City Thrift Store was badly beaten and had her car stolen just over the state line at Loris Community Hospital in Horry County. Seventy-three-year-old Rose Powell was visiting her sick husband at the hospital Wednesday night when she stepped outside to grab her cell phone from her car parked in the handicapped spot.

Once she got to her car, Powell saw two young men who asked her nicely if they could borrow any quarters. She said yes, and reached into her car, grabbing a handful of change. She says after handing the change over she doesn't remember a thing and her memory goes black. The men beat her, and she says, meant to kill her.

"They actually took me and drug me all the way from where I was standing and rolled me up under my car, so when they cranked up my car and backed up, it would've squished up my head," Powell said. "They meant to kill me."

Powell rolled out just in time to avoiding being run over, but the men did escape in her vehicle.

Powell received treatment for her injuries Wednesday night and has been staying with her husband at the hospital since then.

Loris Police say they found her car and have identified three suspects in the case and believe they are close to making arrests.

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