A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy fatally ran over a homeless person lying on the ground in the Willowbrook area, authorities said Friday.

The incident was reported at 6:45 a.m, LAPD Officer Lizeth Lomeli said.

According to the Police Department, the deputy was traveling west on Imperial Highway near Slater Street when the officer ran over a woman on the ground. She died of her injuries, said the LAPD, which did not identify the victim but described her as 40 to 50 years old.

The deputy was not hurt, Lomeli said.

Video from the scene shows what appeared to be a Sheriff’s Department cruiser and a white tent at the scene.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which is investigating the case, provided no further details about the circumstances surrounding the incident .


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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