A young woman was killed after being struck by a car in Santa Monica on the night she was out celebrating her graduation from University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
On June 18, 2011 at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a traffic collision in the 2400 block of Wilshire Boulevard near Douglas Park involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a Bell Cab was driving his taxi westbound in the first lane of Wilshire Boulevard when a female pedestrian was observed by witnesses to run into traffic lanes from the north sidewalk, where she was struck by the oncoming taxi. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The pedestrian was later identified as 24 year old Melissa Del-Aguila of West Los Angeles, who had gone out to celebrate her recent graduation from UCLA with several friends at Q’s Billiards located at 11835 Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles.
According to several witnesses, Del-Aguila was last seen at Q’s around 1 a.m. She reportedly had no mode of transportation and investigators are trying to determine how she made her way to Santa Monica.
She is described as a Hispanic female, 4 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 95 pounds, with long straight brown hair, brown eyes, wearing a light floral colored blouse, dark blue skinny jeans and white shoes with 5 inch heels at the time of the accident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chris Dawson at 310.458.8954 or Sergeant Jeff Wiles at 310.458.8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.
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