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News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Elderly Woman, Baby Struck By Car On Ocean Avenue In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 22, 2013, 12:08 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

An elderly woman carrying a baby in a Bjorn type carrier was struck by a car on Ocean Avenue near Alta Avenue in Santa Monica just after 10 am last Wednesday.

Santa Monica resident Morina Lichstein said she witnessed the immediate aftermath of the accident as did several other mothers she knows who were also walking in Palisades Park.

“Witnesses describe that the woman hit the windshield, flew up in the air, and landed on the pavement,” Lichstein said. “Her head was severely injured and bleeding profusely from the rear of her skull. My friend used socks to try and absorb the blood. The woman blacked out and then came to asking about the infant. I heard her moaning and screaming on the pavement.”

Lichstein said the baby flew out of the baby Bjorn, up in the air, and landed on the pavement on the side of its head.  

“The baby was crying,” she said. “It was a terrible awful thing to see, and we are all very concerned for the victims. My friend who is a nurse stabilized the victims and waited with them for the ambulance, and other friends of mine witnessed the accident as well.”  

Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis confirmed the accident occurred in a crosswalk on Ocean Avenue.

Lewis said the driver was cooperating with police, adding drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be involved.

He said the woman and child were expecting a full recovery.

“It was slow speed accident,” Lewis said.

Lichstein said the safety along Ocean Avenue was of great concern to her.

“Motorists not paying careful to attention to the plain striped crosswalks and several stop signs can cause great harm,” she said. “Ocean Avenue is a hazardous route, being both a bike lane and a busy street as an alternative commute to Lincoln and PCH, and a tourist mecca, park, and pedestrian exercise location.”

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Apr. 22, 2013, 2:17:05 pm

STEWART said...

i bet they were driving a mercedes or a bmw-the more expensive the car the more they think they own the road-i have been driving in santa monica for 30 years-and these kind of drivers are terrorists behind the wheel

Apr. 22, 2013, 2:17:15 pm

Steve Richards said...

Sadly it is a war on pedestrians.....over development without the proper traffic infrastructure...bicycles on the sidewalks with no police enforcement...how many more people will be hurt and die before our city government takes serious action.??? Maybe we need to have a downtown death clock to honor our dead.There is an idea ...an artistic death clock as a tribute to our dead and wounded. Maybe then the city will consider pedestrians. I believe this would be legal on private property. Is there a downtown property owner ready for the challenge,,, I believe many people would contribute to such a civic minded cause.

Apr. 23, 2013, 4:19:57 pm

Lynn said...

This is a terrible accident and I do not know the cause, but I have many times avoided such accidents when pedestrians just stepped or ran in front of my moving car as it neared a crosswalk. I now slow up and look at the sidewalks to see if someone seems as if they might walk or run in front of my car. Many times I have seen pedestrians waiting properly on the sidewalk but with their baby strollers ahead of them out in the road where cars are making right turns. On Montana I have to carefully watch for pedestrians j-walking and running from between cars. Pedestrians will go against a no walk sign to enter the crosswalk when a car is making a legal left turn using its turn signal. This is frequent with pedestrians crossing Montana from the north west side at 17th and people crossing Wilshire from the north west side at 20th. Also on Wilshire there are the pedestrians appearing in front of cars from behind the medium plantings, and at night! We need pedestrian and bicyclist education, and an enforcement of the rule that cars must use their turn signals. The prohibition on cell phone talking while driving seems to have had a very significant effect. Now lets make the next project the use of turn signals.a

Apr. 23, 2013, 4:53:39 pm

Tom said...

I don't know the facts of this case but my own experience driving in SM for 15 years is that pedestrians take their lives in their hands too frequently by just walking or running into traffic without regard for cars that are already moving through intersections. Pedestrians have the right of way, but that doesn't mean you can just step in front of traffic and expect cars to magically stop on a dime. And don't get me started on bike riders who don't obey traffic signals.

Apr. 23, 2013, 7:05:25 pm

DOMINIQUE said...

I feel that this accident should go the the city counsel of Santa Monica to demand that at least each pedestrian cross walk on Ocean Blvd should have flashing yellow lighted street crossing at these white crossings. Palisades park is very popular to children, infants and their caretakers m as well as the elderlly and pets. This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. Apparently this is not the only pedestrian vs. car incident. Please push this forward demanding pedestrian safety. Thank you.

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