Man on sand run over by county vehicle at Venice Beach

VENICE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles County vehicle struck a 53-year-old man on the sand at Venice Beach on Friday morning, authorities said.

The pedestrian was transported to a hospital in serious condition after the incident, which the Los Angeles Police Department said happened at 8:47 a.m. in the 400 block of Ocean Front Walk.

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors said the driver, a grounds maintenance worker with the department for more than 15 years, was flagged down by someone on the beach about a maintenance need.

As the driver attempted to turn the vehicle around, he inadvertently ran over a man who was reclining on the beach with a blanket, according to officials.

Los Angeles police spoke with the driver, who was later released. The department of beaches and harbors said it was reviewing the incident.
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