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Sunbathing Woman Run Over By County SUV On Sand At Venice Beach

Posted May. 15, 2014, 8:33 am

City News Service

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

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.

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May. 15, 2014, 9:52:43 am

Lori said...

Way to go idiot "veteran" maintenance driver. Fire him and sue the city so it never happens again! So now it's not even safe to lay at the beach without worrying someone is going to run over you! Are you f'ing kidding me. It's a beach for people to lay out. It's not a road - maintenance or not. He should have been more vigilant. Don't just conduct a review, fire some people.

May. 15, 2014, 10:24:12 am

Mark said...

Check this out. I wonder which street!

May. 15, 2014, 11:40:42 am

John Barsky said...

This is not the first time that this has happened. What people need is a flag or umbrella sticking up above where they a laying on the beach. When you are this low to the ground there is always a chance that a vehicle will not see you. HOWEVER it is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of these situations. Very Sad. I feel sorry for the woman and the Beach Department emplayee (for not being alert to the problem) Precautions should be taken on both sides.

May. 15, 2014, 1:32:12 pm

P.W. said...

Please learn correct use of "lay" and "lie" before commenting. Exceedingly irksome.

May. 15, 2014, 3:31:04 pm

DG said...

This is just terrible for both of them. I hope she is okay and hopefully the driver in due time can forgive himself for the awful accident. I go running on the beach in Santa Monica and I always remember to "look both ways" when I run to and from the shore. It just sucks this happened and there really should be fewer automobiles on the sand or at least have a beeping sound when they are driving?

May. 15, 2014, 5:28:42 pm

kc said...

i was there i cant understand how this could have happened there was a mother with around 6 little children around the ages of 4,5

May. 15, 2014, 5:31:05 pm

kc said...

i was there i cant understand how this could have happened there was a mother with around 6 little children around the ages of 4,5

May. 15, 2014, 6:13:57 pm

No point said...

P.W. you can suck my ***. Why don't you spell it out you grammar nazi.

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