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Woman Dies After Being Dragged by Vehicle on Skid Row

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 03, 2009, at 08:52AM
Skid Row Vehicle Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A tow truck removes the vehicle that was stopped at 5th and Los Angeles this morning after dragging a woman nearly a half mile.

LAPD homicide investigators were spread out across Skid Row this morning trying to piece together an incident that left a female pedestrian dead. The female driver of a black 1980s Cadillac limousine with Arizona plates was arrested at 5th and Los Angeles around 1am after an officer spotted the vehicle dragging a woman underneath.

Officers believe the woman was dragged nearly a half mile, which the incident beginning at 7th and Ceres. KTLA reports that the two women argued at that location.

5th street was closed through much of the morning, but has been reopened. The vehicle was removed shortly before 8:30am.

Names of both the victim and the suspect were not immediately released. If the incident is charged as a homicide, it would be only Downtowns 6th for 2009, but would be the second in just over a week. A woman was shot and killed nearby on Monday, November 23.

Update (5pm): The Associated Press is identifying the victim as Sonia Taunauu, 25, and the driver as Nancy Lekon, 43.

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