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A 42-year-old woman was struck by this car on Wilshire Boulevard just before Centinela outside the BevMo store at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The victim's purse can be seen pictured in front of the car.
Photo by Brenton Garen
A 42-year-old woman was struck by this car on Wilshire Boulevard just before Centinela outside the BevMo store at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The victim's purse can be seen pictured in front of the car.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department, Wilshire Boulevard

Woman Jaywalker Struck By Car On Wilshire Boulevard In Santa Monica

The accident happened directly outside the BevMo store at 3212 Wilshire Blvd.
Photo by Brenton Garen
The accident happened directly outside the BevMo store at 3212 Wilshire Blvd.
The SMPD's major accident response team responded to the accident.
Photo by Brenton Garen
The SMPD's major accident response team responded to the accident.

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, 8:50 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 28 - 4:30 p.m.

Santa Monica police closed Wilshire Boulevard at Centinela for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon after a jaywalking 42-year-old woman was struck by a car at about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the 911 call was received at 1:32 p.m. He said Wilshire began to reopen to traffic at about 4:20 p.m.

"She was jaywalking north to south," Lewis told The Mirror. "She made it across the first half and got to the eastbound lanes. There was a driver in the number one lane who yielded for her, but the driver in the number two lane never saw her."

Lewis said the 42-year-old female victim was transported to a local trauma center, but he did not know her condition.

Lewis said the driver of the vehicle did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol and had remained at the scene and was assisting investigators.

The accident happened directly outside the BevMo store at 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

A BevMo employee, who asked not to be named, said neither he or his colleagues saw the accident happen because the cash registers faced away from the storefront window.

"When I came out, she was lying close to that purse on the ground and there were at least eight or 10 people that were directing traffic so that people wouldn’t run her over," the employee told The Mirror.

"My understanding from other people’s witness accounts was that the woman started walking out and got clipped."

The employee said the victim was a middle-aged woman.

"She was covered in blood," the employee said. "She was bleeding from her ears, her nose, and her face. She had scrapes on her legs. When paramedics arrived, they had to clip her shorts to turn her over because she was so beaten up. Luckily they got her out in a pretty quick time."

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Aug. 28, 2012, 9:12:24 am

joe said...

I see this happen and I am shocked there are not more people getting run over by cars. Pedestrians think they can walk in front of a moving car anytime. BOOM!

Aug. 28, 2012, 9:26:45 am

TC said...

There are way too many of these lately. Remember "Look both Ways". People are speeding and texting despite any laws. ...And don't trust lights.

Aug. 28, 2012, 9:38:01 am

Hart310 said...

Yesterday afternoon as I drove on Arizona from 17th Street to 4th Street, I had pedestrians step off the curb at 16th, Euclid, and 5th Street right in front of me. I know pedestrians have the right a-way but aren't they suppose to look both ways and step off when it is clear?

Aug. 28, 2012, 9:47:27 am

JS said...

This happend to me at 9th and Wilshire 9 years ago. I was incredibly lucky though it took me 6 months to heal. Wilshire is very dangerous as is all of LA and the Westside. Only cross at crosswalks with lights. That is what I learned.

Aug. 28, 2012, 9:50:48 am

JS said...

Joe- thought I'd reply to you. I was in a crosswalk when I was hit at the double yellow line. The driver didn't see me, he was looking the other way as he turned-lucky he was young and had good reflexes-seeing me at the last minute. All pedestrians are not guilty. My lawyer was able to mediate with the city and the driver due to marking issues and clearly the driver issues. I still feel the scar tissue and am sure this will affect me- but I'm alive.

Aug. 28, 2012, 9:55:01 am

Sean said...

I don't understand why some people think the drivers are always at fault. Who cares if this guy was texting or not. This stupid woman shouldn't have jaywalked. That's the risk she took and this was one of the possible outcome. Of course it's unfortunate but to save a few seconds, she got herself into this mess and ruined that drivers life.

Aug. 28, 2012, 10:16:55 am

Belle said...

Sean.... To say "this stupid woman should not have jaywalked" is not something you say out loud to people who don't know you. They might think you're an insensitive ass. Gosh, I do hope that wasn't your mother jaywalking. FYI, texting while driving is dangerous and illegal, so yeah, some people care.

Aug. 28, 2012, 10:46:38 am

walk this way said...

So sad to hear of this, but I can't stand (DT) Santa Monica pedestrians, it's one of many reasons I hate going over there.

Aug. 28, 2012, 10:58:09 am

Comic_guy said...

Right-of-Way at Crosswalks 21950. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter. (b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. (c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian. (d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

Aug. 28, 2012, 11:44:32 am

C Nakamura said...

She was attempting to cross in the middle of the block, not at either intersection, nor did she chose to go to the traffic lights at Berkeley or Centinela. Yes, it's scary to be a pedestrian and have the right of way but look at the photo.

Aug. 28, 2012, 12:22:08 pm

mitchell said...

If a car has stopped in the middle of the road, there's a good reason why. A driver should always slow down and stop when the car ahead has stopped. Rule of thumb period!!!

Aug. 28, 2012, 1:09:59 pm

Jan Carpol said...

We have a huge amount of Jay Walkers on Neilson Way in the vicinity of The it is mothers dragging their children through the middle of the Street amongst traffic to go to the Farmers Market on Sunday of people running up the walkway between The Shores North Tower and Sea Colony to Jay "Run" to the opposite side of the street. We finally got the gate to the Farmers Market closed but the problem is terrible again. I wish the SMPD would do a stake out....give out tickets or post no Jay walking signs before someone is killer. I have seen Jay Walkers being given tickets on Main Street....maybe spending some time on Neilson Way would be helpful....It is getting pretty disgusting, dangerous, etc. and the Jay Walkers plain do not care....Lets have some help from the S.M.P.D.

Aug. 28, 2012, 1:11:50 pm

Luke said...

Uh....okay. Having the "right of way" doesn't mean pedestrians get to do whatever they want. There are laws and rules that govern the road system. Otherwise, all would be chaos. I see pedestrians, and ESPECIALLY bike riders violate the rules of the road constantly. I've seen mothers let their toddlers run into an intersection 20-30ft in front of them. It's astonishing. The driver in this story is NOT at fault. Unfortunately, this lady violated the rules of the road. Many times, even at designated mid-block crosswalks with no light, I've seen a car in the left lane stop short to let a person standing in the middle of the street cross in front of them. If the car in the right lane is moving at pace with them and they suddenly's nearly impossible to see the pedestrian on the other side of their car and stop in time before you enter the crosswalk with you car. I totally understand what this driver experienced. I do hope the woman is okay.

Aug. 29, 2012, 1:09:17 am

Terry said...

FYI: Pedestrians have the right of way only if the following criteria are met: 1) They are in a designated cross walk 2) If the cross walk is signaled, it is their turn 3) they are not otherwise jaywalking All the people saying Pedestrians have the right of way are highlighting the problem and why this woman was killed. This sort of Me Me Me mentality that is so common in our community.

Aug. 29, 2012, 2:17:15 am

wolflen said...

see this alot...person crossing busy in #1 lane slows and stops..(and sometime even hand gestures to cross-they become traffic cops) car in lane #2 does not see pedistrian..or reason why car in lane #1 has slowed or stopped...(speed along wilshire at that time of day can be between 25-40 mpg- i travel it weekdays at that time)..even under ideal conditions..marked crosswalk-flashing lights etc..using caution - try making eye contact with the drivers if possible so you know they see you.. then we have bikes..

Aug. 29, 2012, 3:22:14 am

Blake said...

Play stupid games... Win stupid prizes.

Aug. 29, 2012, 4:01:26 am

Kim said...

I understand that adults should adhere to all laws and rules, but let's not be so quick to call names to someone you don't even know! Think about how many times you may have done something in a similar fashion and thought afterwards, "That was probably not a very smart thing to do" or were in a hurry and have maybe not made the right choices. These people just unfortunately are the unlucky ones that suffer from the mistakes WE ALL have made at some point in our lives. So to you "Sean" and your response to the "stupid lady who shouldn't have jaywalked" I am SOOO glad YOU are perfect and have NEVER done anything that may have put your safety on the line! Like I tell my children, think before you open your mouth, you never know who the person you are criticizing is related to! Like me for example, that lady is my cousin!

Aug. 29, 2012, 8:07:27 am

Titus said...

The woman crossing risked her life. She could have walked 50 meters towards big 5 and use crosswalks. I agree, if it very hard to see a pedestrian when a car on your left is blocking the view, especially in high traffic. It's sad for this woman, i hope she makes it. It is also sad for the woman driving because it will affect her all her life and she did nothing wrong.

Sep. 10, 2012, 1:43:39 pm

Joanna said...

Does anyone have an update on this woman's condition? I saw her in the street right after the accident and have been pretty traumatized by it. I hope she is recovering!

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