Homeless woman lying on the ground dies after being run over by deputy in Willowbrook area

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L.A. County sheriff's deputies investigate a deadly crashing involving an officer on Imperial Highway on Dec. 11, 2020. (KTLA)

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies investigate a deadly crashing involving an officer on Imperial Highway on Dec. 11, 2020. (KTLA)

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, Los Angeles Police Department 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. Then, a driver in a white truck struck her and fled the scene, Officer Tony Im later said.

The victim died of her injuries, according to the LAPD, which did not release her name 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 LAPD, which is investigating the case, provided no further details about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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