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Man Fatally Run Over By Own Car Identified

The Van Nuys was scavenging trash bins for recyclables when was pinned by his own pickup trick.

A 53-year-old Van Nuys man run over and killed by his own pickup truck while scavenging through trash bins for recyclables in the Lake Balboa area was identified Saturday.

Rogelio Avina was struck and killed around 12:40 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Archwood Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue, according to coroner's investigator Christie McCracken and Los Angeles police Sgt. Cameron Dunnet, watch commander at Valley Traffic Division.

"The car went backwards and ran him over,'' Dunnet said. Avina died at the scene, he said. "It looks like he was going through the trash looking for
recyclables."

"They found him (Avina) with the vehicle resting on him,'' Dunnet said, adding that a neighbor alerted police to the accident.

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