PALMDALE, Calif. — A person trying to steal a catalytic converter from a parked SUV in Southern California was run over and killed when the car’s sleeping driver woke up and began to drive away, authorities stated.
The loss of life occurred Tuesday night in a retail parking zone in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division stated in an announcement.
Arriving deputies discovered a Ford Tour partially backed out of a parking stall, a person mendacity on the bottom and a smaller car within the subsequent parking stall.
The division stated the Tour driver was asleep when the smaller car pulled up and one of many 4 folks inside obtained out and started sawing the catalytic converter off the Ford.
“The sufferer wakened from the sound, turned the automotive on, put the car in reverse, and felt a bump like she ran one thing over,” the division stated. “She stopped instantly, leaving the suspect on the bottom after operating him over.”
The motive force then known as 911 to get medical assist for the suspect.
The suspect was pronounced lifeless at a hospital. The opposite three folks within the smaller car have been detained. No names have been launched.
Palmdale is within the excessive desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles.