Santa Monica Lookout
Pedestrian Killed Crossing Street in Santa Monica
By Lookout Staff
October 11, 2013 -- A man was fatally struck by a car while crossing Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Neighborhood shortly after midnight Wednesday, according to police.
The 54-year-old man was crossing Lincoln at Pier Avenue when he was struck by a 34-year-old woman from Culver City who was driving southbound on the thoroughfare, police said.
“The preliminary investigation revealed (that) the pedestrian crossed Lincoln Boulevard, eastbound, in front of her vehicle,” said Sgt. Jay Moroso, the Police Department spokesman. “The driver stated that she did not see the pedestrian until her vehicle struck him.”
The victim suffered major trauma to his body as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene, Moroso said. Police are withholding the victim’s name until his family can be notified.
“The driver of the vehicle was cooperative throughout the investigation and was determined to not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” Moroso said.
After being interviewed, she was released pending further investigation.
There were approximately 90 accidents involving pedestrians in Santa Monica last year, police said.
The last serious accident involving pedestrians took place in August, when two pedestrians were hospitalized after they were struck by a car in a City-owned Downtown Santa Monica parking structure.
City Officials and community stakeholders have convened a Pedestrian Safety Committee and begun the process of drafting a Pedestrian Action Plan, meant to improve infrastructure for people walking in the City.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Jason Olson at 310.458.8993 or Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at 310.458.8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. Tipsters will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and conviction.
Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting from their mobile, or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.
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