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L.A. Bureau of Sanitation truck fatally strikes person in Sherman Oaks

By City News Service,


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation truck struck
and killed a person in Sherman Oaks this afternoon, according to Councilwoman Nithya Raman.

The person was ``believed to be unhoused,'' according to Raman.

Elena Stern, a public information director at the city Department of Public Works, called the death a ``tragic incident and our hearts go out to the loved ones of the individual and our driver, who is currently in crisis counseling.''

``This is an open investigation, and we will provide more information when we can,'' Stern said.

According to Raman, three other unhoused people have recently died in the Sherman Oaks area. Raman added that she was awaiting details on what caused the other deaths.

``These are lives that mattered, and we express our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of these individuals,'' Raman said in a statement.

Raman added that her office has invested in resources and contracted with service providers for interim housing. There is also a team of health practitioners working along Ventura Boulevard.

``These deaths shed light on the gravity of our city's homelessness crisis and why we must respond urgently to bring people off the streets and into a shelter,'' Raman said. ``But no matter the cause, no life or death on the street is acceptable. We will keep pushing to do more until we are at zero.''

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