Family of Woman ‘Smashed’ by Heavy Equipment as Caltrans Cleared Modesto Homeless Encampment Files Wrongful Death Claim

The parents of a woman who was killed last month when a California Department of Transportation crew bulldozed a homeless encampment in Modesto have filed a wrongful death claim.

The claim, the first step in pursuing a lawsuit, seeks unspecified damages. It says the woman, Shannon Marie Bigley, was killed after being struck by Caltrans machinery that was “negligently and/or recklessly operated.”

Bigley, 33, was sleeping in a cardboard box in the homeless camp on Aug. 1 when a Caltrans...

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