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Investigation Launched After Landscaper on Mower Runs Over Homeless Woman Sleeping in Park: Cops

homeless woman killed sleeping in park by lawnmower
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Jul. 19 2023, Published 1:04 p.m. ET

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A woman was sleeping in a California park when she was reportedly killed after she was run over by a lawnmower, authorities said.

According to KCRA, a landscaper at Beard Brook Park was driving a tractor with a pull-behind mower when he ran over 27-year-old Christine Chavez.

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The landscaping company told KCRA that Chavez was lying in a weeded area and their employee only realized he ran someone over after noticing the body on the mowed grass.

The landscaper called 911, but Chavez died at the scene, officials said.

Chavez had been homeless for three to four years and was known to frequent that park, according to The Modesto Bee.

Chavez’s older brother, Randy Chavez, told the publication her family went to the grisly scene, where they saw pieces of human remains and scattered clothing about 50 feet from where the deadly incident occurred.

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Randy claims relatives found additional body parts on subsequent trips to the park, according to The Modesto Bee.

Chavez’s family said other homeless people at the park allegedly told them they saw Christine wash her hair in the creek and go to sleep on a hill by the playground about 20 minutes before her death.

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Her death is being investigated by Stanislaus County coroners, officials said.

“My mom had to pick up pieces of her. We want ordinances to change so it doesn’t happen again," Randy told The Modesto Bee. "Regardless if they are homeless, they are still people and should be treated the same as any other people.”


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