Santa Monica Lookout
Auto Accident in Downtown Santa Monica Puts Two in Hospital
By Lookout Staff
August 19, 2013 -- Two pedestrians were hospitalized Friday after they were struck by a car in a City-owned Downtown Santa Monica parking structure.
A little before 1 p.m., police responded to a call that two pedestrians -- out-of-state visitors -- were pinned against a wall after a car accidentally rolled into them at Parking Structure 7, near Broadway on Fourth Street.
According to the police's initial investigation, the woman who was driving the car was trying to take her ticket from the parking structure's automated ticket booth, she accidentally let go of the brake.
“The driver tried to reapply the brake and depressed the accelerator instead, accelerating into the parking garage towards a ground floor elevator,” said police officials.
“The victims were standing in front of the elevator with other family members and were not able to move before being struck by the oncoming vehicle,” officials said.
Both victims, a man in his late 60s and a woman in her mid 20s, found themselves pinned against the elevator doors with critical injuries.
Police said that the driver was cooperating in the investigation and appears to not have been under the influence of any substances.
Anyone with additional information should call Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954, Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at (310) 458-8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department 24-hour hotline at (310) 458-8495.
According to Santa Monica officials, the bayside city saw an uptick of pedestrian deaths caused by accidents with cars from one in 2010 to seven in 2011.
In 2012, there were 113 collisions involving pedestrians and 97 collisions through October 23 of 2011 year, according to official statistics.
Increased foot traffic around Santa Monica's downtown does mean more chances for accidents, which is why SMPD continue to emphasize pedestrian caution. ("Santa Monica Police Continue Campaign to Curb Pedestrian Accidents," March 1, 2012)
Last August, an Australian man was killed after a drunk driver hit him and his daughter while the family was crossing the street at Third Street and Colorado Avenue.
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