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Woman dies after spending the night pinned under parked car

Henrietta Regina Dickson, 55, who was homeless, was asleep in a parking space.

Henrietta Regina Dickson, 55, who was homeless, was asleep in a parking space.

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was pronounced dead Wednesday morning after she spent the night pinned under a car.

Police said Henrietta Regina Dickson, 55, who was homeless, fell asleep or passed out in a carport parking space at the Palm Garden Condo Complex at 5372 Fourth St. N sometime Monday night. When Fathima K. Masud, 59, pulled her 2002 Daewoo Leganza into her assigned parking spot there, she drove over Dickson, pinning the woman under the car.

Masud told police she never saw Dickson. She did feel the impact, but when she got out of the car, she found Dickson's tote bag behind her front left tire and assumed it caused the small bump she felt while parking.

Dickson was trapped under the car but could only be seen from the front of the vehicle, police said. Masud went into her home.

On Tuesday morning, a passerby noticed Dickson's hand sticking out from under the front of the car. Police arrived and Dickson was pronounced dead about 8:15 a.m.

No charges will be filed against Masud. Police said they suspect Dickson might have been using drugs, alcohol or both.

Woman dies after spending the night pinned under parked car 07/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:50pm]

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