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November 6, 2017 -- A man was fatally struck by a Metro Expo Line train in Santa
Monica late Sunday night, marking the seventh pedestrian killed in the beach city this year.

The incident took place near 17th Street and Colorado Avenue at about 11 p.m., said Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Transit
Services Bureau.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Santa Monica police are conducting an investigation, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the Police Department spokesman.

"The conductor didn't know he had hit somebody until he reached the 4th Street station," Rodriguez said.

"The next incoming train saw the pedestrian and notified the driver," he said.

The death is being investigated as an accident, authorities said.

The conductor has been cooperating with investigators, who are reviewing surveillance video and seeking witnesses, Rodriguwez said.

Expo Line service was stopped in the area, with buses taking passengers between the 17th Street and 26th Street stations in downtown Santa Monica, according to the City News Service.

The pedestrian fatality comes two and a half months after a man attempting to cross Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) was struck and killed by a car ("Pedestrian Killed Crossing PCH in Santa Monica," August 23, 2017).

Five pedestrian were killed in Santa Monica between March 4 and April 3.

Three took place on busy thoroughfares, one on a well-traveled street and another in a parking lot.

A bicyclist was struck and killed last month by a motorist who left the scene then returned after being followed by witnesses ("Santa Monica Police Looking for Witnesses in Fatal Crash Involving Bicyclist," October 17, 2017).

Pedestrians and bicyclists account for approximately two-thirds of all severe injuries and fatalities sustained in traffic accidents on Santa Monica's busy streets, Police Department data show. ("The Statistics Behind Santa Monica's Pedestrian Deaths," May 11, 2017).

The investigation into Sunday's fatal collision is ongoing and investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area at the time the incident took place, police said.

Anyone with additional information should contact Investigator Olson at (310) 458-8954; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.


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