Woman dies after climbing under tractor-trailer in Los Angeles

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 10/6/2014

Investigators say few details are known days after a woman died after allegedly climbing into the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer that was stopped at a red light in Los Angeles. News reports originally indicated that she was killed after walking under the trailer at a crosswalk.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Avalon Boulevard around 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.1, after the light at the intersection turned green, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Liliana Preciado of the department’s Media Relations Unit.

“When the truck moved, she was killed,” Officer Preciado told Land Line on Monday, Oct. 6.

She described the victim as a black female around 50 years old. As of press time, the officer said the name of the truck driver, who was apparently unaware that the woman was under the truck, or the name of the trucking company had not been released.

Preciado said the LAPD’s South Traffic Division is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal incident.

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