A woman sleeping in a tent in California was run over by a semi truck in reverse over the weekend. 

The accident happened on November 19th in downtown Redding, California at about 8:20 p.m.

According to the Record Searchlight, the 62-year-old trucker was backing up westbound on State Street west of Favretto Avenue when he struck the tent with the sleeping woman inside. The tent was set up just south of the street. 

“From what I could see, he (the truck driver) was moving kind of slow and he just didn’t see her,” said Vonnie Baker, who was camped on a tarp nearby. She said the woman yelled for help after she was struck, but was declared dead after police arrived. 

The woman had been living on the streets in Redding for “a few years” and had a dog, who was taken by police. 

“I liked her. She was ornery. She was a sweetheart, but she was ornery,” Baker said.

No further information has been released. The driver and passenger in the semi truck provided police with a statement, but it is not clear if the trucker is facing charges.

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