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News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Woman Struck By Car Near Santa Monica Place; Rushed To Trauma Center

Posted Dec. 19, 2012, 3:48 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

[Update: Colorado between Main and 4th St. reopened to traffic at 3 p.m.]

A woman has been rushed to a local trauma center with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday on the 300 block of Colorado Avenue near Santa Monica Place.

Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Richard Lewis said eastbound Colorado is expected to be closed for up to three hours between Main and 4th Street while detectives investigate.

Lewis said it was too early to know if the pedestrian was crossing the street legally or not.

He said the driver was on the scene cooperating with detectives.

He said he did not know the woman’s condition other than she sustained serious injuries.

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Dec. 19, 2012, 7:37:49 am

Judi Ehrlich said...

If anyone looked into this, they would see that people getting hit by cars in Santa Monica is an EPIDEMIC. I don't know what the solution is except drivers need to wake the hell up!!!!

Dec. 19, 2012, 11:50:02 am

steve said...

I've come close to hitting pedestrians on a couple of occasions because while I was "waking up" the geniuses decided it was a good idea to enter or walse through a crosswalk before making absolutely sure I saw them..

Dec. 19, 2012, 1:48:30 pm

Mike F. said...

It's always a tragedy to hear about these incidents, but I have to side with "steve". I live around this area too, and far too often it is pedestrians entering the crosswalk with 5 or less seconds left before the light turns. This leaves almost zero opportunity for cars to turn into the intersection before the light changes for cross traffic. That being said, pedestrians need to understand that they have CLEAR rules to follow too (WALK - white, DONT WALK red/yellowish). Pedestrians, at least in Santa Monica, seems to believe that the "countdown to zero" is a legitimate time to stroll into the intersection, oblivious to their surroundings. It's maddening. I wish the SMPD would devote more resources to these careless people. Judi, I understand your position, but please remember that it is not ALWAYS the driver's fault. In my opinion, the "bad drivers" around here are all the "tourists" who saunter in to our city completely lost.

Dec. 20, 2012, 1:09:55 am

Tracie said...

I live near Montana Ave. The pedestrians here just cross without looking. The rule I follow when crossing is the look the driver in the eye BEFORE I cross! I want to know his intent. On the other hand I got hit by a driver while on my bike after stopping at a stop sign and then proceding, this driver came frome a country club and neglected to stop at the stop sign while exiting... go figure...

Dec. 20, 2012, 7:05:22 am

Erik said...

To all the drivers hating on pedestrians - Deal with it. I agree, pedestrians will enter the crosswalk before they should, but you're operating a machine capable of killing a human, so maybe you should be a little more aware of your surroundings, too. I've been almost hit repeatedly by people trying to beat a light that they are turning at. Guess what? I have the right of way! That little white "Walk" sign says so! And at the end of the day, pedestrians have the right of way. Be aware and stop complaining.

Dec. 20, 2012, 7:56:03 am

L. McCann said...

Well, look at all the "attitude" here. With your attitudes, no wonder your getting hit by cars! It's almost like being in Manhattan with so many people and too many cars. Truly pedestrians need to LOOK before stepping their "one hand with coffee, the other with iPhone" characters out into the street. Yes, cars can kill. SO MOVE!!!!!!

Dec. 20, 2012, 2:30:49 pm

eric glaser said...

What Santa Monica needs as many other "pedestrian friendly cities" are finding out is a pedestrian only cycle at many intersections. This is where no cars move anywhere while pedestrians have complete freedom to move throughout the given intersection during their cycle. This coupled with diagonal striping and crossing during the pedestrian cycle will expedite pedestrian movement and ensure safety as it eliminates conflicting movements entirely. Why it has not been used yet in SaMo is totally perplexing to me given the rash of auto/ped conflicts that occur daily in town.

Dec. 21, 2012, 3:30:59 am

L. McCann said...

Erik, You are so on point! Your idea is perfect! Why hasn't the city implemented such an idea? Take it to your committee meeting Erik... We need you! L. McCann

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