OCEANSIDE — A woman was killed Monday when a piece of heavy machinery ran her over on the beach in Oceanside.
The woman was lying on the sand asleep near the 1200 block of North Pacific Street around 10 a.m. as a construction worker was finishing part of a dredging project. The worker didn’t see the woman and ran her over with a tractor, according to police.
Officers said the woman appeared to be in her late 40s to early 50s. She was fully clothed and did not have identification on her. Officers have not said if the woman was in a construction zone.
“I was going surfing around 8:30 this morning. There was a woman who was leaning against a wall, she looked like she was going to pass out,” Jay Burneo said. “I went surfing and then I walked out and saw her laying on the beach passed out.”
Burneo said he had to leave for an appointment so he asked another surfer to check on the woman. Not long after, SkyFOX showed police and crime scene tape blocking the area of the beach.
The tractor was operated by Manson Dredging, a heavy equipment company contracted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. City lifeguards witnessed the incident, according to police.
The woman’s body was taken to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Police said Monday afternoon that her death was ruled an accident.
Check back for updates on this developing story.