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Woman killed in car repossession gone wrong

A woman was killed early Tuesday morning during the repossession of a car in Chino Hills, authorities said.

Lisa Via, 42, died at Chino Valley Medical Center at 2:56 a.m. after being crushed while standing between the car and a tow truck, said San Bernardino County coroner officials.

Chino Valley firefighters arrived to the scene in the 15000 block of Monte Vista Avenue after 1 a.m. to find the woman injured. She was put on advanced life support and taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, said Massiel De Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.


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Which tow company was involved in the incident? Have they released a statement? What was the name of the leasing company? Have they released a statement? Were there any witnesses to the event? Is the police department investigating the event for any wrong doing? Have the police issued a statement? Has Lisa Via's family been contacted yet?

wow !
Did they arrest the auto thieves I mean repo guys ??

I think standing between your car and tow truck to keep it from repossession isn't worth your life, especially if you know you haven't made payments for awhile.....

how aful about the girl.

Is anything in our material world more important than life itself? This lady wanted her car so bad that she died for it. I am certain that if she had to do it again, she would pause and THINK.

Obviously, she is not free of blame, but this driver should suffer the consequences to her injuries if he acted negligently.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but not the stupid repo man. Take it, you goon.

Sounds like manslaughter to me, anyone arrested?

Chill out mr Gordon. Take your pills.

Chris you are a tool.

Dude, relax. What are you a lawyer? Geez.

My co-worker had her car reposed in error twice, once she got an attorney, they got themselves together. Many of these finance companies, and loan agencies are hiring unqualified people to man the station, and mass errors are disrupting peoples lives. Same thing happened with the foreclosure errors.

no disrespect to the good ones, but some tow truck drivers are crazed.... the presumption is that she tried to stop the repo and the driver tried to force the issue.........

The tow truck driver says he didn't hear the lady screaming?! That is a lie and an excuse for murder!

Some people learn the hard way. What was this tow truck operator thinking?

The creditor should be fully responsible for hiring this incompetent individual. Is the car really worth the person's life?

What is the tow truck driver being charged with? Pretty sure crushing someone with a vehicle is against the law.

Marcus - The burden is not on the person risking their life for the car, the burden is on the Corporation/Agent of the Corporation who must ask themselves this question: Is the car more valuable to me than the death of this person?

From any perspective, of course NOT.

This imbecile tow truck driver should be criminally charged. I hope the family retains counsel to seek a wrongful death action against all parties involved.

Litigation alone will be 100 times more than the value of the vehicle. In addition general damages, I can see punitive damages in this matter.

as a truck driver i believe he is liable he did not see check the securement of his load with a rear view mirror to side mirrors, and utility light come on now? he was just trying to get in and out. my opinion big time driver error. my condolences to the Via family........

Wow,did the driver not see her? Even if she was trying to stop this event-what kind of on the job training is gone through in a situation as this? I'm sure this woman was not the first to try to stop a repo man.

very tragic the repo driver had the right to take the vehicle but there was a person standing between the vehicles and choosing to drive over them is murder

Chics are so friggin stupid ! Im glad shes toast she would have killed people responding to her craigslist ad for a 15 minute photo shoot while driveing. Good riddence all chics should stand in front of moveing vehicles the world would be a safer place.

"Have they released a statement?"

He is liable ! why is he not arrested ?
This is murder plain and simple .

I'm sure she stepped between the tow truck and the hooked car in attempts to stop him, ASSUMING he saw her.
It's a sad situation, but would you blame any given driver for any given pedestrian who steps in front of their car? Probably not.

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