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Pedestrian struck and killed by trash truck in Westminster [Updated]

A pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday afternoon by a trash truck in a residential area of Westminster, an Orange County Fire Authority official said.

Authorities responded to a call about 1:15 p.m. at 9021 Madison Ave., where witnesses say a woman who appeared to be in her 40s was hit.

Capt. Marc Stone said the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

“She wasn’t in crosswalk or anything like that,” Stone said. “How the two came together, I have no idea.”

The woman's name was not released. No other details were immediately available.

[Updated, 6:04 p.m.: Witnesses have told police that the woman, identified as Betty Dietz, 65, was trying to flag down the garbage man when she stepped into the street and was accidentally run over, authorities said Thursday evening.

Dietz was standing near her house in a cul-de-sac in the 9000 block of Madison Avenue because she may have forgotten to put out her trash can. She stepped into the street to try to alert the driver, but the driver did not see her and exited his truck only after he heard the sound of her body being crushed, according to witnesses.

“At this point it looks like it was just a horrible accident,” Westminster Police Det. Alan Aoki said. “At this point we see nothing criminal.”]

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