ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A homeless woman who fell asleep in a parking space was run over and killed by a car Tuesday night.

Henrietta Regina Dickson was asleep in an assigned parking space between two carport support pillars at the Palm Garden Condo Complex when a woman pulled into her assigned parking space at 11:30 p.m., Bay News 9 reported.

Dickson was pinned between the concrete parking spot and the undercarriage of the vehicle after the front of the vehicle drove over her body, police stated.

The driver felt the impact and when she got of her car, she noticed a large tote bag that belonged to Dickson sticking out from beneath her car behind the front left tire, police explained.

She removed the tote bag and assumed that was what she had run over. The driver didn’t see the Dickson’s body, so she went into her home. Police explained that her body could only be seen from the front of the vehicle.

“This is a very unusual and very sad case,” Yolanda Fernandez of the St. Petersburg Police Department told Bay News 9. “She felt the bump and when she looked, it was a large tote bag full of things, full of clothing, and other items.  She just figured that’s what she hit.”

A passerby noticed Dickson’s hand sticking out from beneath the front of the car Wednesday morning and called police to report that a person was sleeping under a vehicle. Police arrived to find Dickson’s body and she was pronounced dead at 8:12 a.m.

“That’s horrible,” Michael Evans, the victim’s neighbor, told Bay News 9.

People who lived near the driver shared that the driver wouldn’t do anything like this on purpose.

“She seems like a nice person,” Herbert Rivera explained to Bay News 9. “I mean, if she realized she would have hit something, she would have said something.”

Police suspect that Dickson may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. The driver of the vehicle has no criminal history and and will not face any charges at this time in connection with the incident.


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