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Woman's death highlights common challenges for homeless


November 12, 2017

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — When Theresa Lumley was 22, the years of abuse she experienced as a child and teen caught up with her. She became homeless and addicted to drugs.

A week ago, on a chilly October night, Lumley was found unconscious on the side of the road — the victim of a fatal hit-and-run. She died Oct. 28 as a result of an impact injury to the brain.

It was a tragic end to a tragic life impacted by drug addiction, mental health problems and homelessness.

Unfortunately, the 37-year-old is far from unusual.

As it happens, Lumley was one of at least 572 homeless people in Yakima Coun...

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