A volunteer died Friday morning during a food drive at a church in Sylmar after getting pinned between two vehicles, authorities said.

The incident happened in the parking lot of a church at the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and El Casco Street, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Mclaughlin said.

The man volunteering for the food drive event was loading food into the trunk of a car when the driver of the car accidentally pressed on the gas pedal and reversed into the man, pinning him between another vehicle, Mclaughlin said. Authorities received a call about the incident about 7:45 a.m.

Paramedics transported the volunteer to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center where he eventually died of his injuries.

The man’s identity was not immediately available.

Food drives and similar events have become more common throughout the region as the coronavirus pandemic have kept people home from work, leaving many in need of such support.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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