Motorcyclist, From Culver City, Killed on Pico Boulevard

The 22-year-old dies after striking a car at 25th Street in Santa Monica.

A 22-year-old Culver City man was killed Monday afternoon in a crash on Pico Boulevard and 25th Street.

The crash—involving a vehicle and a motorcycle—was reported to the police at 1:03 p.m. in the 2500 block of Pico, said Santa Monica Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Alexander Smollins died at the scene of the crash, said an investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Smollins was eastbound on Pico when he struck a car driven by a 26-year-old Inglewood man, police said. The car had been northbound on 25th Street and turned left onto Pico after stopping at a stop sign when it was struck by the motorcycle, according to police.

The crash occurred between Santa Monica Car Wash and Josie Restaurant.

Pico Boulevard between Cloverfield and 25th Street was closed to traffic for more than four hours while police investigated.

– City News Service contributed to this report.

Bleezy January 29, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Rest in Paradise Alex =[ Our Hearts & Prayers are with you & your Family
Brenda Barnes January 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I couldn't find how many traffic deaths there were in LA County last year, but in 2010 there were 513, so I presume in 2012 it was about that many or less, as traffic fatalities in the US are going down. http://www.einpresswire.com/247pr/315998 Since LA County at 4,083 square miles is 454 times as large as SM alone, if the rate had been as high in the county as in SM, there would have been over 2,500 deaths. SM's streets are so dangerous, particularly for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, it looks to me like someone will file a lawsuit recovering all the money they got from developers to make the streets this overcrowded. I can't think of anything immediate to do but a petition on change.org. So sad. And so unnecessary.
B January 30, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Yes, thank you! Jenna is defending that it is okay for them to post those photos! Absolutely DISGUSTING ethics.
Sandra lee January 30, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Knew him as a child, sweet and shy from this parent perspective, I'm sure my daughter and son had different thoughts, they adored him. What a good kid and shockingly he's no longer among us.. Rest in Peace Love and Light...
Barbara Effros January 30, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Just came from candlelit vigil with over 500 kids (young adults) and parents. Alex touched so many people in his short time. My son, like so many adored "Smolly". He had a way to make everyone laugh. May Alex's family and countless friends be comforted at this difficult time.
Laurencenaber January 30, 2013 at 06:24 AM
if anyone knows the funeral arrangments for alex please post them to this site asap
manny January 30, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Gonna miss you alex condolences to the family , all your hs friends were with tonight
Glenn E Grab January 30, 2013 at 03:19 PM
souhds like he was a fine young man......a real tragedy....
Glenn E Grab January 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
most motorcycle deaths occur in the first 6 months after the first bike was purchased.....
John hacker January 30, 2013 at 03:25 PM
If you love someone, please don't let them ride a motorcycle. These guys are going down all the time. The odds are against you. It's suicidal.
Glenn E Grab January 30, 2013 at 03:52 PM
it'sall about taxes and revenue.....the so-called "environmentalists" on the Council are the worst offenders...they'll approve anything that gets them campaign contributions...
Barbara Effros January 30, 2013 at 05:19 PM
There has been some news from the family of Memorial on Friday. Time and location to be arranged. For a more touching story about Alex see KROQ's story about him. He was deeply adored by everyone who new him.
Jenna Chandler (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Here's the link to the KROQ story referenced by Barbara: http://kroq.cbslocal.com/2013/01/29/former-kroq-employee-killed-in-motorcycle-accident/
Keith Martin Kaucher January 30, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Especially from 1:00 Pm to 5:00PM because not onlt the traffic but the glare of the sun, you're looking right into it when you face west and it was really bright that day with it being so clear.
SR January 30, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Bull! His family rides motorcycles and he loved riding. He wasn't worrying about parking at SMC, he was doing what he (and his family) loved to do. He was an incredible kid and will be missed!
Keith Martin Kaucher January 30, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I love to ride motorcycles too, but only in the dirt.
Tom hays January 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Brenda, I agree that there are too many traffic deaths in Santa Monica and being a pedestrian is particularly scary. However, comparing the number of traffic deaths to those in Los Angeles County based on relative square miles may not be the best approach. Large areas of the county have few people or roads. A better comparison might be on the relative population. The county has about 100 times the population as Santa Monica. Using population as a relative measure, Santa Monica would have around five traffic deaths a year, or one-hundredth the number in the county.
Lilly willis January 31, 2013 at 05:43 AM
The memorial service will be held at Hillside Mortuary in Culver City, Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Lilly Willis January 31, 2013 at 05:46 AM
The memorial service will be held at Hillside Mortuary in Culver City, Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Brenda Barnes January 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM
If we could be accurate, it would be deaths per 100,000 miles traveled. Since 300,000 people come to SM each day who don't live here, but 70% don't use their cars while they're here, according to the Convention and Visitors' Bureau, it's probably about 5 miles a day in SM for 180,000 people, which in round figures is 400 M miles a year. http://wikitravel.org/en/Driving_in_Los_Angeles_County says drivers in the Los Angeles “area” drive 300 million miles/day. That is 109,500,000,000 miles per year, but even though I searched for the County, "area" may be less. Using that just as a rule of thumb, that is 273 times as much as driven in SM alone, subtracting the 400 M for SM from the 109,500 million for LA Co and then dividing 400 million into the 109,100 million that remain. So since SM had 5 traffic deaths in 2012 that I know of, if LA Co had traffic deaths at the same rate, it would be “only” 1,365 figuring it this way, not 2,500 as I said before, instead of the about 500 it was. All of this is approximations done quickly. The point remains, about 500 is neither 1,365 nor 2,500, as it would be if the roads of LA County were as dangerous as those of SM. The true figure may be 900 or 5,000. It is a lot higher. And that's the truth—Lily Tomlin. There really is no doubt the streets of SM are overcrowded for what they are and cannot be made safe without a major change, or maybe 10. Quibbling about how bad bad is, is certainly not a start.
Brenda Barnes January 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM
I found this interesting book trying to find out how many miles are driven in LA County per year: http://books.google.com/books?id=4GmeE8klB1YC&pg=PR4&lpg=PR4&dq=%22miles+driven+per+year%22,+Los+Angeles+County&source=bl&ots=GOVMUbyoPR&sig=3lN6LIZt06iUe9wP46CRTJkTvDI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dxIKUafNGpHAiwLUqYGQAw&ved=0CFoQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22miles%20driven%20per%20year%22%2C%20Los%20Angeles%20County&f=false I agree with the principles expressed and thank you for helping me find it.
Dan Charney February 02, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Everyone here who is aware of how dangerous traffic has become in our city should make their voices known at the council meetings or at least email them. There is money for a huge park for Rand and tourists but classes cut at SMC- this city is also completely congested and grid lock on Pico and OP Blvd from 3 on- speak up and stop the love affair with developers this council has going - if you don't like the gridlock now - you sure won't like it later
Brenda Barnes February 02, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Right on, Dan! Let's get something good from this tragedy.
Keith Martin Kaucher February 02, 2013 at 09:40 AM
When do they have the open forums at the council if I know when it is Ill go. I'm really tired of this city council and their BS. They are ruining this town.
Dan Charney February 02, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Keith- Brenda is the one who is up on the agendas per week - sometimes you just go and speak but there are meetings or days where the subjects are more on point to all this stuff- let me co-ordinate with her on it-
Brenda Barnes February 03, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I put the Council meetings on my calendar, but agendas don't come out very early. Sometimes I know something important is going to be on b/c it was scheduled earlier, so I'll really work to let you all know. However, there is open speaking at every Council meeting near the beginning of the agenda, so I think we should make an effort to just go every time and speak on overdevelopoment and recalling Council members who voted for LUCE. In Feb they are at 6:30 on the 5th and the 19th, Tues. My granddaughter's next to last Varsity Samohi basketball game is this Tues, so I can't go, but I'll be there the 19th. The Planning Commission is considering the Montana transit corridor plan to eliminate parking requirements for developers--what a gift that is, a Trojan horse for the rest of us! Also, the Bergamot Plan, which will increase development by up to 50 times what it is now in the industrial area south of Colorado and east of 26th. Their next meeting is 7 on 2/13. All the meetings are held in the Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall. If you can't find parking on the street, you can park in the world's ugliest building (built at the direction of the same City planners now directing the rest of SM overdevelopment) at 4th and Olympic, across from the Police station, and get your ticket validated at the machine outside the Council chamber door, so it's free.
Keith Martin Kaucher February 04, 2013 at 02:33 AM
How do I give you my contact info on this site? I'd like to address the council so count me in, but I don't want my contact info on this site.
Dan Charney February 04, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Keith- see the above- a group of us can plan to meet at a meeting - not sure which meeting is best for you - the rest of the people on here- want to see SM change and get worse? Please come to the meeting and make your voices heard
Brenda Barnes February 04, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Hi Keith, If you don't want to put your e-mail on www.occupysm.org, you can send it to me at dhsbrenda@gmail.com. BTW, that stands for Desert Hot Springs, where I lived at the time, not Homeland Security.
Lori April 23, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I too remember Alex from his days at El Rincon Elementary. He was a good kid. My condolences to his family.


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