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Police identify man run over by truck at Echo Park gas station; victim was under vehicle when it began moving

Echo Park pedestrian killed by tanker truck at Alvarado and Temple streets

ECHO PARK —  The man who was killed after being run over by a fuel truck  after midnight on Wednesday has been identified as 55-year-old Theodore Ranger, police said.

Ranger, an American-Indian, was on his back under the fuel truck when it pulled out of the Arco gas station at the corner of Alvarado and Temple streets at about 12:20 am, said Calvin DeHesa, a detective with the LAPD Central Traffic Division.  It’s not clear why Ranger was under the truck but the station’s video captured the incident, DeHesa said. (Earlier accounts said that Ranger had been struck by the truck as he was walking by with his common-law wife or girlfriend.)

The driver of the fuel truck was apparently unaware that Ranger was under the vehicle when he pulled out of the station and drove away, DeHesa said.

Ranger was pronounced dead at the scene.

One motorist who was driving by told OnSceneTV.com that he offered assistance after hearing the victim’s wife screaming for help. He called 911 and gave the man CPR.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by Central Traffic Division Detectives. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713.

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5 comments

  1. Well, you certainly can’t blame the driver if this guy, unknown to anyone, went and climbed under the truck while the trucker was filling the gas station tanks.

    • This was my dad. I arrived at the scene 1 hour after it happened. The driver never came back. I stood there with my mom until 3 am. I miss my dad so much. I’m tying so hard to keep my family strong. He was a smart funny man. I love him so so much.

      • Christy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. It sounds like he was a good guy and a good father. My condolences to you, your mother, and your family.

  2. I love you Uncle Tee. You will always be loved and remembered. I love you Christy. I pray every day for you and your family. My Uncle is a great man and a great father.

  3. Christy, Shelby, sorry for your loss.

    Could you answer the question we are all dying to know. Why did he crawl under the truck?

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