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Woman Crushed, Killed By Her Own Car During Repo

CHINO HILLS (CBS/AP) — A Southern California woman has died after apparently trying to stop a tow truck driver from repossessing her vehicle.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says 42-year-old Lisa Via was pronounced dead early Tuesday after being struck.

"A tow truck killed her right in her driveway," the victim's sister, Sandy Pavlik, said.

Driver Leo Song told detectives he backed up his truck to a 2002 Buick parked in the driveway of Via's mobile home in Chino Hills.

As Song lifted the car, Via came out and begged Song not to take her car. He told her he had to take it.

He said he assumed Via had moved away when he began to pull the car, but the woman's husband approached him and said his wife was trapped under the Buick.

"She got in between the truck and the car and supposedly the repo guy claimed he never heard her and he ran her over. Twenty minutes later she was dead," Pavlik said.

Miller says her death appears to be a tragic accident, but that an investigation was underway.

"My baby sister, I'm 19 years older than her, this shouldn't have happened," Pavlik said.


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