Woman run over and killed by big rig while sleeping in Echo Park parking lot

A homeless woman sleeping under cardboard in the parking lot of a Vons grocery store in Echo Park was run over and killed by a large drill rig early Tuesday, authorities said.

Around 1 a.m., a truck driver pulled into the parking lot near the intersection of Alvarado and Montana streets and ran over a stack of cardboard where the woman had been sleeping, said Officer Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver had pulled into the parking lot to make a U-turn when he hit the woman, the LAPD told KTLA-TV Channel 5.

The woman was only described as being in her 30s as the LA County Coroner’s Office worked to identify her.

A passerby saw the woman’s body and called authorities and said they believed the woman was already dead, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. When firefighters arrived, they pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck who remained at the scene told LAPD Department of Transportation investigators that they thought the truck had hit debris but didn’t notice the sleeping woman, Im said.

No other injuries were reported in the incident, Humphrey said.

The woman’s death comes at a time of rising deaths for homeless people in Los Angeles. In 2021, the number of homeless deaths increased by 56%. Although the increase was mainly due to overdose deaths, the number of people killed from traffic injuries without shelter also increased by more than 30%.

Traffic accident injuries involving people sleeping in public places have also occurred elsewhere in Los Angeles.

Last year, a limousine hit by another car sped into a homeless camp in Koreatown, hospitalizing four people. A homeless man died in 2020 when a driver lost control and his car went off the road and into a camp in south Los Angeles.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-04/homeless-killed-run-over-big-rig-vons-parking-lot-los-angeles Woman run over and killed by big rig while sleeping in Echo Park parking lot

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