Repo Man Kills Car Owner
Anyone who's seen any of the myriad reality shows featuring repo men and women know that it can sometimes be rough work, but c'mon -- it usually involves a car or some other material possession. It's usually not a life or death matter.
At least it shouldn't be. Tell that to repo man Leo Song, who backed over 42-year-old Lisa Via and killed her, while trying to repossess her 2002 Buick, parked in the driveway of her Chino Hills, California mobile home at about 1:00 am. Authorities are treating it as an accidental death. But still.
Via came out and pleaded with Song not to take her car while Song was attaching the Buick and lifting it. He told her he had to repossess the car, and he began to drive off, assuming she was out of the way.
Instead, she'd apparently gotten between the car and the tow truck. Song was surprised when Via's husband ran out 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 gone," said Sandy Pavlik, the victim's sister.
San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says the death appears to be a tragic accident, meaning that no charges would be filed, but an investigation is underway and that will probably take four to six weeks.
Regardless of the findings of the investigation, you'd think a guy used to taking heavy equipment away from emotional people might try to be a little more careful.
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