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Authorities Identify Man Killed In Motorcycle Accident On Pico Boulevard

A motorcyclist was killed on Pico Boulevard at 25th Street at about 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.
Photo by Brenton Garen
A motorcyclist was killed on Pico Boulevard at 25th Street at about 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 9:09 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Authorities have identified the motorcyclist killed Monday afternoon on Pico Boulevard at the intersection of 25th Street in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Richard Lewis said Alexander Smollins, aged 22 of Culver City, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 1:03 p.m.

Smollins was traveling eastbound in the 2400 block of Pico when a silver Toyota being driven by a 26-year-old man from Inglewood, which was traveling northbound on 25th Street, made a left hand turn onto Pico when the two collided, according to Lewis.

The Toyota driver had stopped for the posted stop sign on 25th Street before turning onto Pico, Lewis said.

The driver of the Toyota is cooperating, Lewis said.

Pico Boulevard from Cloverfield to 25th Street was closed to traffic for most of Monday afternoon while detectives investigated the accident.

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Jan. 29, 2013, 10:47:40 am

David Ewing said...

Car drivers often don't see motorcyclists even when they are perfectly visible. Motorcyclists often don't realize they're invisible to car drivers. I've been on both sides of this, so I'm not pointing fingers. I do wonder if traffic safety engineers have tried to tackle this or even to understand it.

Jan. 29, 2013, 4:06:15 pm

Michael Price said...

With the center dividers, the building at the SW corner, this intersection is dangerous especially for the person turning left from 25th Street. As David said, we need safety engineers involved in planning these streets. I also worry about bicyclists.

Jan. 29, 2013, 4:51:38 pm

Michael Price said...

Just to make myself clear, there is no way any vehicle should be turning left from this and many other intersections in Santa Monica.

Jan. 30, 2013, 7:22:09 pm

Sue said...

My son knew this young man and is so horrified and shocked at losing his friend. He was so young! Why did this person turn in front of him? Why don't people see motorcycle drivers? I don't get it....Rest in peace Alex...you were loved by my son and he will miss you greatly..

Mar. 6, 2013, 9:46:47 pm

Paty said...

Whomever came with the bright idea of building those dividers on the streets of Santa Monica made things ugly,worse for traffic, dangerous and deadly. Get rid of those damned dividers and make left turns on high traffic streets illegal.

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