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Driver at Fault in Mall Crosswalk Crash, Police Say

The woman who was hit crossing Colorado Avenue near Santa Monica Place is expected to recover, the police say.

The driver who hit a pedestrian Wednesday between Sears and Santa Monica Place ran a red light, according to the Santa Monica Police.

The woman was walking north in the crosswalk "when the vehicle travelling eastbound in the No. 1 lane ran the red light and struck her," said department spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

She sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local trauma center, but is expected to recover, Lewis said.

The driver is not facing criminal charges at this time.

An Australian tourist was killed by an alleged drunken driver on the same stretch of Colorado Avenue this summer when he walked against a solid red "don't walk" sign.

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Glenn E Grab December 22, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I'm not defending drunk driving, but why is crashing a red light and hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk not a reason for facing criminal charges?.....but, being inebriated and doing nothing illegal when the actual fault is the 100% the pedestrian's is grounds for a homicide charge?.....so, it's ok to crash lights and hit pedestrians in crosswalks?.....
Dan Charney December 22, 2012 at 09:56 PM
They are both wrong- wonder if the person was texting or on the phone- no question he should be criminally charged. I see people texting and looking down while driving down Rose Ave while people cross the street- I am amazed it's not 100 a day killed.
Brenda Barnes December 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Really dangerous to walk on Santa Monica streets.
Rebecca A. Anderson December 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Yeah? Why is illegal OK now? Or maybe I better get a new copy of the Webster's dictionary, mine seems to be out of date.......hmm........"illegal".....yes, that's not the definition of illegal in my old dictionary......hmmmm....I wonder how much the new dictionary will cost?.......hmmmmmm......
Dan Charney December 23, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Beyond me how running a red light that causes this sort of injury - in an area of the city where this is happening way too much, is not illegal and therefore resulting in a criminal charge- if drunk or texting or on the phone as well- they should nail them to the wall- I am afraid to cross the street in Santa Monica anymore- driving alone is treacherous with all the distracted drivers and Silicon Beach nerds texting and babbling on their phones- even if not hand held- it's still too distracting-
Brenda Barnes December 23, 2012 at 08:54 AM
I've started a little game. I drive up next to them at the next light and point at their phone while they're texting and mouth--that's ILLEGAL! They always look at me like I'm the crazy one.
Glenn E Grab December 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
don, a crosswalk provides a false sense of security....because of that it's actually more dangerous than jay-walking.....
Dan Charney February 02, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I gesture to those texting and on their phones while driving too- as I do to those turning around to talk to their kids- EYES ON THE ROAD - HANDS ON THE WHEEL- when did driving become okay to multi-task with?

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