Skip to comments.Woman Crushed by Her Own Car During Repo
Posted on 03/02/2011 9:18:06 AM PST by MintyHippo1980Edited on 03/02/2011 10:14:55 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
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.
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. Miller says her death appears to be a tragic accident.
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He’s probably guilty of manslaughter. He should go to jail.
repo on a 2002 buick....we are slowly becming a third world country
The husband ‘approached’ the driver. That sounds awful calm. Hmm.
“Assumed she had moved away?”
Disagree. He was simply doing his job. I see this as a case of the wife being stupid and careless. And she died as a result of her own carelessness.
Considering the economy, especially in the construction-related field of architecture (my profession), I’m going to hold onto my ‘99 Grand Cherokee a few more years.
You must have information that contradicts what was reported.
He should go to jail.
Why? Is the operator of a train guilty of manslaughter when someone jumps in front of it?
Well I hope the 2002 Buick was worth it..
All kidding aside ... just dang. Idiot repo guy needs to make sure the path is clear before taking off.
Interesting headline since it really wasn’t her car.
This woman desearves the Rachel Corey award. Don’t assume the driver sees you when you move in front of a vehicle.
Man ... that’s a sad story, not just for the woman who got crushed, but for her husband and for the tow truck driver. The two men have to be hurting. Yet it is right and moral that the car be repossessed if she wasn’t making the payments. Just sad all around.
Soon it will be illegal to repo a car in Commiefornia. Paying your bills is optional.
Thsi is the story of a Rachel Corry lady who stood in front of her car to keep it from being repossessed and a Bulldozer Operator ,truck driver who was determined to move her or kill her.
Both are equally at fault, and the Lady is dead.
Don’t tell me the guy hasn’t got any mirrors on his tow truck, I know better.
Well I hope the 2002 Buick was worth it..
Oh, man. As I began to read your reply, I was thinking I was gonna read...
“Well I hope the 2002 Buick is OK.”
The life of a Repo-man is always intense.
so is the wrongful death lawsuit. I hope he has good insurance and he might need a lawyer for the criminal charges.
I know, really. "Um, excuse me (tapping window), hold up there Dude, you just ran over my wife."
I agree with you. Lazy deadbeats possesing an entitlement mentality that they are somehow owed something freak out and lose their minds when confronted with the reality that actions (not making your car payment) have consequences (repo). They frequently act irrationally. I can easily see this woman throwing herself in front of the car thinking it will stop the tow truck driver from hauling it away. I can also see, in her lack of composure, failing to educate the tow truck driver on what she was doing.
I’ve always said that stupidity should be painful. In this case, it was likely fatal.
Saint Rachel Corrie of pancake bless this woman, for she is truly stupid and deserving of death.
>>repo on a 2002 buick....we are slowly becming a third world country<<
Yeah, I noticed that too. But to be fair, if you drive and fly around this country, you will notice many parts that have, really, always been third world. It is one reason I think the federal tax code is so unfair. The amount of money it takes to barely make it as a family in Seattle, for example, makes you a RICH man in central Kentucky. That statement gets to the kernel of one of the facets of my desire to move there. But it is a small facet.
The life of a Repo Man is always intense.
Are you saying the hero that bulldozed Rachel Corry is a bad guy?
I saw the mile-long blood smear on the road on my way to work the next morning.
You've never driven a train have you? The answer is no, but every train driver would gladly not have that experience, which is not uncommon to have in a career.
This is different. The driver of a motor vehicle -- here a tow truck -- is assumed at fault in such an accident, unless extenuating circumstances can be proven. See for example a recent case where no charges were filed: http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2010/08/20/news/mj3182725.txt
People have far more control of motor vehicles, and it may be that the driver was trying to get away fast, and was careless or distracted. In either case he would likely be culpable.
The show's a joke. I don't think any part of it is real.
That show is scripted. The people whose cars are being repo’d are actors.
A tow truck driver was driving away with a car a few decades back in Houston and the owner fired a shot. It went through the window and the truck driver went down the road a few miles then ran into a ditch. He was pronounced dead on the scene from a gunshot wound. The owner was not charged because the tow truck driver did not explain that he was repossessing the car. The owner felt his property was in danger and, in Texas, was cleared of using deadly force.
Relax. It is just a TV show.
It was the tow truck driver’s responsibility to be sure everyone was clear before he attempted to tow the car off.
I don’t like the woman trying to keep her car after not making payments for it, but that is not a capital crime.
If the guy can state, “I looked and I didn’t see her”, and she was in fact in his blind spot, he would probably be okay.
I presume the writer didn’t accurately depict the demeanor of the husband.
“Soon it will be illegal to repo a car in Commiefornia. Paying your bills is optional.”
It’s already optional for the government. They just issue an IOU. Just need to make it work the other way.
You’ve never drven a tow truck have you? It’s really hard to see just exactly what’s behind the crane.
You haven't got responsibility as second, third, or even three hundred and forty fifth on your list.
No matter what the person who's vehicle is being towed does, the employee towing the repo has a responsibility to make sure the vehicle is clear before he takes off.
Unlike in your disgusting fantasy world, there is responsibility on BOTH sides.
A “relevant to your interests” ping.
Without a doubt.
Make his company liable, too.
A case could be made for negligence.
Most repo and tow truck people are ex-con thugs anyways. Thin out that herd anyway you can. Even by a negligent homicide charge.
Like I said, ex-con thugs.
I’ve driven a tow truck and a train. (And a lot of other stuff. No submarines.) Although that train didn’t go very far or fast, the tow truck did.
He didn’t account for where she was. And it’s obvious she was going to be near.
Nope: I am saying the incident was similar.
Two hard heads butting against each other.