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Homeless man hit by truck minutes after being released from hospital

September 24, 2010 |  7:41 am

A homeless man, who had just been discharged from Glendale Memorial Hospital after paramedics found him lying on the ground, was run over by a 7-Up delivery truck later that morning as he crawled along the street, officials said.

Glendale paramedics picked up the reportedly intoxicated man, whose name was not released, about 7:53 a.m. on Sept. 13 at San Fernando Road and Cerritos Avenue, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey.

He was soon released from Glendale Memorial Hospital, and at about 9:47 a.m. he was run over on Central Avenue and San Fernando Road, about a block away from the hospital, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Witnesses told police they saw the man crawling along Central Avenue near San Fernando Road on his hands and knees while holding on to a plastic bag. He suffered a broken leg in the accident.

Hospital officials declined to comment on the specifics of the man's care and the reasons for his discharge, citing patient privacy laws.

"Patient care and safety are our highest priorities at Glendale Memorial Hospital," said David Mauss, vice president of business development. "We are proud of the excellent care our patients receive here, and we remain committed to providing compassionate health care to all in need."

Before patients are discharged from the hospital, physicians and nurses "conduct a thorough medical evaluation that confirms the patient's readiness and ability to leave the hospital," he said.

Read the full Glendale News-Press story here.

-- Veronica Rocha