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Officials: Woman lying down in parking lot run over by police car; cause of death unknown

By Linda Williams, KSL.com | Updated - Mar 6th, 2019 @ 12:40pm | Posted - Mar 6th, 2019 @ 6:36am


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MILLCREEK — Officials are piecing together details after a woman, who was lying down in a parking lot, was run over by a police car Tuesday night, officials said.

Police don't yet know details about the woman's condition before the officer's car hit her.

A Unified police officer responded to a call of a welfare check in the Highline Plaza near 2300 East and 3300 South about 11 p.m., according to Unified Police detective Ken Hansen.

As the officer was pulling into the parking lot, his car ran over a woman who was lying in the parking lot, Hansen said. The officer apparently did not see the woman, according to police.

"Usually when you find a homeless person down usually they are close to a building maybe sleeping or something like that," Hansen said. "This person was dressed in dark clothing. So the officer came in, apparently didn't notice or see this person was down on the ground"

The officer tried to perform lifesaving measures on the woman, but she died on scene.

The medical examiner will try to determine if the woman was already deceased when the officer's car hit her.

The woman's name has not yet been released. Police say she was 25 years old and from Georgia. Police had received several calls about her over the past week, saying she was living in various parking lots in her car.

The officer is on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

Salt Lake City police are investigating the incident.

Contributing: Shara Park, KSL TV

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