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IE woman killed, crushed by repo tow truck

March 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman was killed in an accident during the repossession of her car in Chino Hills early Tuesday morning.

At around 1:10 a.m., tow-truck driver Leo Song arrived at 42-year-old Lisa Marie Via's mobile home on the 15000 block of Monte Vista Avenue to repossess her 2002 Buick.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, as Song hoisted the Buick onto his truck, Via came out of her mobile home and asked Song not to take it.

Song told Via that he had to do his job and began to drag the vehicle out of the driveway. While he was driving away, Song lost sight of Via and assumed she was away from the cars.

When the tow truck was right in front of Via's home, her husband came out of the residence and told Song his wife was stuck under the car. Song used a floor jack to lift the car and repositioned his truck to lift the car even more to get her out.

Paramedics arrived and Via was rushed to Chino Valley Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at about 3:30 a.m.

Authorities said the incident was accidental and Song would not be charged.