Homeless Man Pinned by Maintenance Vehicle While Sleeping in Venice Beach Speaks of Ordeal

A man who was pinned by a Los Angeles County maintenance vehicle in Venice Beach earlier this month said he is still suffering from anxiety after the ordeal.

Anthony Kevin Lee described being pinned by a maintenance vehicle while sleeping on Venice Beach on Nov. 14, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Anthony Kevin Lee described being pinned by a maintenance vehicle while sleeping on Venice Beach on Nov. 14, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Anthony Kevin Lee, 53, is homeless and said he sleeps at a different location every night. On the morning of Nov. 4 he was sleeping on Venice Beach when he was hit. He told KTLA that he thought he was dreaming, but he woke up pinned under the truck.

"There were three people in the truck, that’s six eyes, and nobody seen me laying on the ground?" Lee said. "They were going to run me over with the back tire until I started hollering."

The grounds maintenance worker who was driving has been with the department for more than 15 years, officials said. The worker had just finished cleaning the Rose Avenue parking lot and was driving south along the beach when he was flagged down by a beachgoer for another maintenance need.

A beachgoer was hospitalized after being run over by a county truck at Venice Beach on Nov. 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A beachgoer was hospitalized after being run over by a county truck at Venice Beach on Nov. 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The worker turned the truck to respond to the new call when one of the pickup's wheels struck Lee, officials said.

Lee was hospitalized and still has a swollen toe. He said he wanted to share his story in hopes that it doesn't happen to more people. He hopes maintenance workers will pay more attention while driving around the beach.

“These people need to start paying attention to what they’re doing, especially when you're driving a truck on the sand and you got pedestrians out there, people sunbathing and kids running around all over the place."