At 65, George Leon McKinney was retired and homeless, but he still worked six days a week, collecting bottles and cans from people who knew him when he worked maintenance with his father in West Hollywood.
McKinney always started at 5 a.m., his sister Denise Key said, so he probably was winding up for the day around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, when someone struck him from behind in the middle of the intersection at Hilldale Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
The blow caused McKinney to fall into the street, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. the following day.
At a news conference Thursday, investigators showed surveillance ...