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Motorcyclist Killed in Accident in Santa Monica's First Fatal Accident of the Year

Santa Monica Real Estate Company, Roque and Mark
By Lookout Staff

January 29, 2013 -- A 22-year-old man was killed Monday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and 25th Street, marking the first fatal crash of 2013 in Santa Monica.

Police responded to a 911 call at 1:03 p.m. Monday after the motorcyclist, who was traveling east on Pico Boulevard, hit the northbound Toyota as it was turning left onto Pico Boulevard from 25th Street, SMPD Spokesperson Sergeant Richard Lewis said.

Officers pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene, he said, though officials have not yet released the man's identity.

During the investigation, officers closed off the stretch of Pico Boulevard from 25th Street to Cloverfield Boulevard.

Officials said that the driver of the Toyota was cooperating with the investigating officers and as of 5 p.m., no charges had been filed.

Motorcycle accidents may not be common in Santa Monica, but they do still happen.

Monday's accident happened not far from the scene of a February 2012 motorcycle crash that eventually killed 22-year-old Frank Gauthier.

According to witnesses, Gauthier was racing another motorcyclist when he struck a 2005 Ford Expedition at 20th Street and Pico Boulevard.

He died a month later due to his injuries.

In May 2011, a 48-year-old personal trainer was killed after she crashed into a vehicle making an illegal U-turn on Ocean Avenue.

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