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Woman Hit by County Beach Maintenance Vehicle While Sunbathing

The driver, described as a veteran employee of the Department of Beach and Harbors' beach maintenance division, did not see the woman, who had been lying face-down in the sand.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A 49-year-old woman was struck and seriously injured by a county beach maintenance vehicle while sunbathing at Venice Beach today.

The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. on the Via Marina Peninsula beach, just north of the main channel of the Marina del Rey Harbor, according to Carol Baker of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, where she was listed in serious condition, according to Baker.

The driver, described as a veteran employee of the Department of Beach and Harbors' beach maintenance division, did not see the woman, who had been lying face-down in the sand, Baker said.

She said he had stopped to survey and arrange for the removal of several large pieces of debris near the shoreline, and the woman was struck as he was turning his Nissan Xterra SUV away from the ocean.

The woman was "alert and oriented" at the scene, according to authorities.

Personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department's Traffic Division interviewed the driver, who was later released.

The Department of Beaches and Harbors will conduct a review.

--City News Service


lillie rivers May 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Can't understand why she didn't hear the vehicle?
Tom Hollman May 18, 2014 at 02:05 PM
WHITE PEOPLE SOULD NOT COMMENT ON THESE RACE ISSUES THE MIRANDA RIGHTS HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITHE THE NEW "OBAMA RIGHTS" YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PAY FOR ENTITLEMENTS AND TAXES------- ANYTHING YOU THINK ---SAY---OR DO IS RACIST AND WILL BE HELD AGAINST YOU IN A COURT OF LAW
Liz Taylor May 30, 2014 at 09:42 AM
This is why horses are the best transportation for basic beach patrol- they will never willingly step on a person and provide a much better, elevated view of the terrain
Ken Briggs May 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM
time to fire his butt, after all how many people has he ran over and no one knew what happen ? if his butt been working at the job for as long as they claimed then he knew that people just might be in the sand . fire him before he does kill someone.
RiverBoatQueen May 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM
It's difficult to understand how this veteran employee of the beach did not see the sunbather, and struck her accidentally with his beach cruiser. Maybe his eyesight is compromised? Why didn't the lady get up and make a run for it when she saw that she was in harms way? Are there drugs involved? One thing is for certain...this scenario will turn out bad for all parties involved. God bless.

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