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Sunbathing Woman On Venice Beach Run Over By County SUV

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A 49-year-old woman was seriously injured after an L.A. County maintenance vehicle hit her while she was sunbathing at Venice Beach on Wednesday.

She was lying face-down in the sand around 10:30 a.m. on the Via Marina Peninsula beach when she was hit by a Nissan Xterra SUV, according to press release from the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors. The driver of the SUV who said he didn't see her is a veteran employee of the county's Department of Beach and Harbors. He was on the beach checking out large pieces of debris that he was arranging to be removed.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood and was said to be in a serious condition. However, authorities said she was "alert and oriented" after the incident.

The LAPD Traffic Division interviewed the driver and released him. The Department of Beaches and Harbors is investigating the incident.