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Woman who lies down in Riverside traffic is killed

January 24, 2010 |  9:43 pm

Witnesses in Riverside told police Sunday that a woman who was "yelling and acting upset" took off her jacket and hat and then lay down in front of an oncoming car in the 1200 block of Blaine Street.

Authorities have not yet identified the woman but said that she appeared to be between 50 and 60 years old. After she was struck by the vehicle about 1 p.m., the woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver was interviewed and released, and no charges are pending, authorities said.

"Clearly this is one of those tragic situations where the driver of the car had no chance of stopping and avoiding the woman, through no fault of his own," said a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz