Van Nuys Man, 53, Run Over And Killed By His Own Pickup Truck

ENCINO (CBS) — Authorities say a 53-year-old Van Nuys man was run over and killed by his own pickup truck.

Rogelio Avina was struck and killed around 12:40 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Archwood Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue, according to coroner’s investigator Christie McCracken and Los Angeles police Sgt. Cameron Dunnet, watch commander at Valley Traffic Division.

Avina was reportedly scavenging through trash bins for recyclables in the Lake Balboa when the vehicle went backwards and ran over him.

Dunnet said Avina died at the scene.

“They found him (Avina) with the vehicle resting on him,” Dunnet said, adding that a neighbor alerted police to the accident.

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