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August 27, 2014 -- A volunteer who provided outreach services for Santa Monica’s homeless was fatally struck by a City contractor’s truck Friday and pronounced dead on the scene.

Janet Kathleen Watson Lilliott, 62, a West Coast Care volunteer, was struck shortly before noon near Crescent Bay Park at 2030 Ocean Avenue in Ocean Park.

The victim sustained major trauma to her upper body and head, said Sgt. Rudy Camarena, the Police Department spokesman.

Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced her dead at the scene.

The driver of the commercial landscaping services truck was a sub-contractor for the City of Santa Monica, according to police.

The preliminary investigation found that the driver of a stake bed, landscaping truck collided with the victim in the walkway west of Crescent Bay Park/Lot 4 South, police said.

“The investigation revealed that the driver was backing up when he felt the truck sway,” Camarena said. “The driver got out to examine the cause and discovered the victim.” 

The Santa Monica Police Department, Major Accident Response Team, along with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office is conducting a full investigation.

Friday’s incident was the second pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica in the past five months.

On March 22,  a 61-year-old woman and her 32-year-old daughter were struck by a by a hit-and-run driver as they attempted to cross Ocean Avenue in the 1600 block, just south of Seaside Terrace, according to police.

The mother, a resident of Wisconsin, suffered major head trauma and died an hour later as a result of her injuries, police said.  The daughter, who is a Santa Monica resident, sustained minor injuries.

The vehicle fled southbound on Ocean Avenue without stopping, police said.
Every day, 14 pedestrians are killed and 232 are injured in the United States, according to police officials.

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