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Postman whose legs were severed by car in critical condition

February 29, 2012 |  2:50 pm

A postman was injured after his legs were severed by a car in Boyle Heights
A U.S. Postal Service carrier remained in critical condition Wednesday after being pinned between his truck and a car in Boyle Heights, severing his legs, Los Angeles police said.

The incident was reported about noon Tuesday in the 1100 block of Prado Street, said LAPD spokeswoman Karen Rayner. The driver, who was not immediately identified, was driving on a suspended license but was not taken into custody.

One of the early theories is the driver might have fallen asleep, but the investigation is ongoing, Rayner said, noting charges could be filed at a later date.

The postal carrier was standing behind his truck when the driver of the car veered into him. The impact cut his legs off, authorities said.

The incident in Boyle Heights comes two days after a manager of a post office in Carthay was wounded after he tried to wrestle a handgun from a would-be robber, police said.

The manager was struck once in the hand Monday when the weapon went off during the confrontation at the rear of the post office in the 1200 block of South Alfred Street.

Police said the manager was closing up when the gunman approached about 8:10 p.m. and tried to force his way into the building. The suspect has not been apprehended.

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Photo: A U.S. Postal Service carrier remained in critical condition Wednesday after being pinned between his truck and a car in Boyle Heights. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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