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UPDATE: Woman hit by truck while sleeping near road dies

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A woman was killed on Tuesday after being hit by a City of Spokane Wasterwater Management truck A woman was killed on Tuesday after being hit by a City of Spokane Wasterwater Management truck
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A woman died at the hospital after being hit by a City of Spokane Wastewater Management truck Tuesday morning. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman as 53-year-old Stephanie Meier (also known as Stephanie Bender).

Spokane Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said in a press release that the collision happened at around 7:00 a.m. near the intersection of S. Geiger Blvd. and S. Lewis St. in west Spokane. Once on scene, officers found the woman, who was quickly taken to the hospital. Cotton said she was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and later died. Her identity has not been released yet. 

Preliminary information indicates the truck was pulling into the area and ran over a pile of debris, blankets, clothing, cardboard and other items on the side of the road. Police said the woman was sleeping in the pile of debris. 

Wastewater crews were in the area performing construction work to help alleviate a localized flooding issue according to a statement sent out by The City of Spokane. The employee driving the truck has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy. 

“We were very saddened to learn that the woman involved in an accident with a City vehicle today has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the woman's family and friends during this time,” Mayor David Condon said in a statement. 


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