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Woman Dies After Being Struck by a Pickup Truck

A Midway City woman who was struck Friday night by a pickup truck as she tried to walk across a busy intersection has died, police said.

Helen May Bowden Bender, 48, was crossing Bolsa Avenue at Purdy Street when the 6:09 p.m. accident occurred, Westminster Police Sgt. Bob Amren said.

Bender was in the crosswalk at the intersection, which has no signal or stop sign, Amren said, when the driver of a 1988 blue Chevy pickup failed to see her.

It is not known how fast the truck was traveling when it struck her, Amren said.

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Bender was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange with internal injuries. She died at 11:30 p.m., the county coroner’s office said.

The driver, Patrick Vigil, 68, of Westminster, was not cited.


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