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Female Transient Killed in Crosswalk Crash

The 54-year-old woman died Monday morning after she was struck by a car near Lincoln Boulevard and Ashland Avenue in Santa Monica.

A woman struck by a 65-year-old driver late Sunday night in Santa Monica has succumbed to her injuries.

The woman was indentified by police as a 54-year-old transient. Her name was withheld pending notification of her family.

She was in a crosswalk on the east side of Lincoln Boulevard when a southbound car turning left onto Ashland Avenue struck her at about 10:30 p.m. She sustained major injuries and was taken to a local trauma center, where she died early Monday morning, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. 

The driver of the vehicle was a Santa Monica resident. He "was cooperative throughout the investigation and was determined to not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol," said Sgt. Richard Lewis. "After being interviewed, he was released pending further investigation."

Anyone with information was asked to contact Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954 or St. Phillbo Rubish at (310) 458-8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department's 24/7 line at (310) 458-8495.

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Jennifer White July 04, 2012 at 12:39 AM
PJ & Jenna, "transient" means (1) not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory (2) lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary: transient authority (3) staying only a short time: the transient guests at a hotel and as a noun (4) a person or thing that is transient, especially a temporary guest, boarder, laborer, or the like. ****My Mother was none of these 4 descriptions. The only thing temporary was her life that was taken short. I have read another article referring to her as "homeless" and "Hispanic". She was neither. Society has really gone wild with assumptions and stereotypes. Because a person has a Spanish last name does it make them Hispanic, because a person carries a bag does it make them homeless? And if they were homeless, does it mean their death means less then yours? I agree that nothing was mentioned re: the driver being homeless or having a home and i agree strongly that when you do mention these words, like transient or homeless, that people will jump to conclusions.
Suzanne July 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I have to agree with Gary!!! She was a longtime friend! Her NAME was Debie Taft she was from Pacific Palisades originally lived in AZ for some time with her family and moved back to Santa Monica a few years ago! And, she was NOT at fault with this horrific tragedy!!! It's very unfortunate! And I'm sorry but, its NO ONES BUSINESS what her LIFE status was!! Thanks again Gary!! She was a beautiful girl with alot of spirit and braveness. She will be deeply missed! Thats all ppl need to know from a damn newspaper! Jeez!!!
Killeen Pilon July 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Someone has startled a shrine to Deborah at the corner where she was hit. Lincoln is a highway. As Jennifer White indicated, people drive too fast ieverywhere, but this intersection is poorly lit. a neighbor
Jennifer White July 07, 2012 at 03:34 AM
GIVE FORWARD.COM PLEASE HELP OUT OUR FRIEND!!! Account is in Amber Hollands name! This is my mother debie taft's funeral cost fundraiser. Please help us raise the money to bring my mom home. Anything will help. Thank you. My mother debie taft, 54, was hit by a car at around 10:30 pm on the 1st of july, she sustand major brain damage and died at 9am on the 2nd of july. The driver did have insurance but the detectives said the investtigation will take months and we will not see any insurance money for around 6 months, her body is in california, we need to cremate her and bring her ashes back to arizona, and because it was so unexpected we have no money. Anything would help and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and god bless..
amber holland March 23, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Reading this months after my mothers death still gets me so angry... in the beginning I was angry because my mother was killed... the first thing I wanted to do was jump on jenna and be angry about the article and be angry at the man who hit my mother... now months later I am just so angry that NOTHING has been done to make the streets safer... as my sister jennifer said something needs to be done to make it safer to legally cross the street! Since july I have read 7 articles of pedestrians being hit and killed in santa monica... and numerous more of people being injured because they were hit, thankfully there lives were spared...let's get down to what really matters and make the streets safer. Let's not argue about stuff that doesn't help the situation and band together so no more families have to go thru what my family has been forsed to go thru.

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