A City of Los Angeles trash truck that was backing up struck and killed a pedestrian in Beverly Grove on Thursday.
The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. at the corner of West Third St. and Almont Dr. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the pedestrian, a 60-year-old female, was walking in the roadway when she was struck. The woman was crossing West Third St. The sanitation truck driver was attempting to turn right onto Almont Dr. Unable to complete his sharp right turn, he stopped and began backing up, striking the pedestrian.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the accident, the City of Los Angeles's Department of Public Works released a statement that a "full investigation" was underway.
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