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Family of woman killed by Spokane City truck speaks out

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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 Meier was sleeping in the pile of debris. 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 Meier was sleeping in the pile of debris.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The family of a woman who died after a city of Spokane truck ran her over is speaking out.

53-year-old Stephanie Meier died Tuesday in the hospital after she was hit while sleeping on the side of the road near S. Geiger Blvd. and S. Lewis St. in west Spokane.

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 Meier was sleeping in the pile of debris.

Meier's sister, Amy Bender, says she was heartbroken when she heard what happened.

Panic and fear and just disbelief I guess," said Bender.

Bender says their mother tried to help Stephanie the night before.

"She had wet socks and was freezing and trying to get some laundry done and she wanted a candy bar, a coffee and ciagerettes. It was cold and my mom offered to get her a hotel room and she walked away and probably got angry. And then some people at the ranch said she could stay there," said Bender. "But she went back to the tree with her sleeping bag."

Meier was a mother of eight and an artist, but she was homeless and also struggled with mental illness.

"She started to change and wasn't as lucid, and there were sort of these out bursts. We didn't understand where they were coming from, but it went from her being her normal self to a personality change," said Bender.

Women's Hearth was one place Stephanie's family encouraged her to get help. She stopped in about once a week.

"Coming here was really amazing because the people, to see the process of how long it takes to help these people that you think that it would happen overnight and it doesn't. It's a process," said Bender.

One of Stephanie's drawings hangs in the front window at Women's Hearth.

"She loved drawing. She drew angels a lot and like pictures of trees and sunsets," said Angelina Esposito.

After this tragedy, Stephanie's daughter Angelina now wishes she could have one more day with her mom.

"I kind of feel regret because I didn't talk to my mom in a couple months and I missed her you know? And I would give anything to just spend one more day with her and tell her I love her again," said Esposito.

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