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Woman Crushed To Death By Her Own Car During Repossession Attempt

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Contrary to the goofy, semi-paramilitary operations you may see on TV, car repossession is anything but a fun business. Too often the people losing their cars for lack of payment are the ones that need them most. Unfortunately, one such woman was killed during a repossession attempt yesterday, in Chino Hills, CA.

Tow truck driver and repo man Leo Song pulled up to the mobile home of 42-year-old Lisa Via to haul off her 2002 Buick (of undisclosed model). When he did, Via asked him not to take the car. Song responded that he had to. That's where things got weird, and sadly, deadly.

Most states, California included, have statutes that prevent repossessions from "breaching the peace," i.e., causing a disturbance or physical violence. According to Song and the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office, there was no confrontation in this case. Via instead took the silent protest route, lying down in front of her car after Song had secured it and climbed back into his truck. Song didn't know she had done this until her husband ran up to the window of the truck and told Song his wife was trapped under the Buick.

Song used a jack to lift the car off Via, who was rushed to the hospital. She was pronounced dead upon arrival. So far, authorities are calling the incident an accident. There were no drugs or alcohol involved.

This sad case is not typical of the thousands of repossessions that take place daily around the U.S., but it does highlight one important fact: no matter how important your car is to you, your life is more important. Act accordingly.

[SF Gate]

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  1. Well a bad repo , but she tried to get in the way , I would have thought she would have screamed telling him that he could not take the car and let him know that she was in the way . This may be more about leaving her husband a way to try and sue the repo guy , thinking they would get BIG BUCKS never thinking she would die in the prosses
     
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  2. this response is to repoman and his post...your an idiot and you should not be representing us!! i have been in the repo buisness for 27years and i have never heard a bigger moron then him!! this was tragic for both the family and the agent...i am sure there was no malicious intent on the agents part at all and i am sure the debtors intent was not to leave her husband and get him a huge payoff via a wrongful death suit.to anyone that reads this please try and understand we are doing a job and sometimes it becomes extremely volitle we are not armed and by state law we can not carry any type of weapon during the course of doing our job and any agent that has found himself in a situation on a driveway where his life is being threatened carries that with him on every other repo he will ever do.if this woman came out during this repo and began to contest the repo i am sure in the agents mind someone else was sure to follow from the house and my guess is he was trying to move the unit to the street where in the eyes of the law it would be considered a legal repo and there would have been no further arguments if the police showed.i am not defending the agents actions and i am not trying to minamize this tragedy i am just trying to say that there is an explanation for what happened and idiots that post comments like the previous post should be ignored as to not worsen the situation.
     
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  3. this response is to repoman and his post...your an idiot and you should not be representing us!! i have been in the repo buisness for 27years and i have never heard a bigger moron then him!! this was tragic for both the family and the agent...i am sure there was no malicious intent on the agents part at all and i am sure the debtors intent was not to leave her husband and get him a huge payoff via a wrongful death suit.to anyone that reads this please try and understand we are doing a job and sometimes it becomes extremely volitle we are not armed and by state law we can not carry any type of weapon during the course of doing our job and any agent that has found himself in a situation on a driveway where his life is being threatened carries that with him on every other repo he will ever do.if this woman came out during this repo and began to contest the repo i am sure in the agents mind someone else was sure to follow from the house and my guess is he was trying to move the unit to the street where in the eyes of the law it would be considered a legal repo and there would have been no further arguments if the police showed.i am not defending the agents actions and i am not trying to minamize this tragedy i am just trying to say that there is an explanation for what happened and idiots that post comments like the previous post should be ignored as to not worsen the situation.
     
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  4. For those of you that don't know the truth, Lisa Via was my friend. She was a good kind women and didn't deserve this. SHE DID NOT GET ON THE GROUND IN FRONT OF HER CAR. She some how was pinned between the cars and was yelling at the driver who ignored (or his words didn't hear her pleas). She did not argue with him. He chose not to make sure she was clear of the vehicles before he proceeded to move the truck and car. He is responisbile for that as a Licensed driver to make sure and not assume people have moved out of the way. This is a tragedy and she did not deserve to die. SO THE IDIOT THAT WROTE THIS STORE NEEDS TO GET HIS FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE HE WRITES ATICLES. SOMEDAY IT COULD CAUSE YOU A LAWSUIT.
     
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  5. I am a friend of Lisa Via's and it stricks me funny how the person who wrote this story doesn't even know her or her story. SHE DID NOT LYE DOWN IN FRONT OF THE CAR. She some how got stuck between the vehicles. Too bad none of you knew her she was a sweet women and would do just about anything for anyone. This is tragic and this idiot writing she laid down if front of her car needs to get his facts straight before he writes a story.
     
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  6. I find it amazing that everyone takes the word of the repo guy. I have known this women for a long time. She would not lay in front of the car! In addition, she would have chased that car down the street yelling for it the entire way. So when someone says that they lost view of her, maybe, however they would have heard her. Furthermore, if you are not sure where someone is and you are in the operation of a car, truck, whatever....it is your responsibility to be in control of the car/truck. This is reckless driving....vehicular manslaughter!.....Im not saying the driver killed her on purpose...Im saying his priorities were not in the saftey of another human being. He should be held accountable and new laws should be passed reguarding repo's. There will be many more good people falling into situations just like this do to the times. Hopefully the will be protected.
     
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  7. she "Somehow got stuck between the vehicles" yeah right! There is no way that could happen unless she put herself between the cars. It's sad and tragic but the bottom line is she gave up her life over a car.
     
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  8. I knew her too, but I'm mad at her! Had she handled her bills, her business, and her emotions, her poor family and friends would not be dealing with her demise right now. Stop trying to blame the laws and the driver and everyone else. This was her own fault, and I'm bitter about it.
     
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  9. Unless you where there you don't know what happened. I don't know how you could be mad at her, this was a tragic accident and I don't think her famiy would want you to be mad at her either. She lived in a Mobile home and in case you didn't know the driveways are very tight so as I said before unless you where there I don't think you have a right to say bad things about her. Only her and her family knows their situation. RIP Peace Lisa...at least some us know who you were!!!
     
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  10. Bilshardan I couldn't have said it better myself....
     
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  11. As the former General Manager of a large tow company and service center in Anaheim, we towed repos, private property impounds, along with PD impounds.
    The standing order to all drivers was if ANYBODY interferes in the process of hooking up and removing a vehicle, the driver was to leave the scene, call and await PD assistance.
    If that driver (Song) lost visual of the lady, he should never have moved his truck, nor the vehicle he was after. He was wrong in that respect, just as she was for interfering in the process.
    It appears to be, if as stated, a tragic accident that every tow driver should learn from. Do your job right, or get out of the business!
     
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