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Fatal Hit-and-Run Driver Identified, Not Arrested

A 76-year-old man was responsible for the Wednesday morning incident, according to police.

A 76-year-old man from Los Angeles was responsible for , according to . He has not been arrested.

The man, whose name has not been released, was questioned by police after one of his family members notified the SMPD following the incident. He has been "cooperative," according to police, and a driver’s re-examination with the Department of Motor Vehicles has been submitted.

A pedestrian, who was a 73-year-old homeless man, was killed in the incident, which occurred around 5:50 a.m. on Wednesday. His name has not been released.

The man was in the south crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard, walking eastbound across Lincoln Boulevard, apparently against a red light, Sgt. Richard Lewis said.

The car was in the southbound lane on Lincoln (the lane closest to the median) when it hit the pedestrian, throwing him 30 feet. The car continued southbound on Lincoln, and the man was later pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was classified as a felony.

"The police department received a phone call that a possible family member was involved in the collision," Lewis said Thursday. "Officers responded to the location of the suspected driver and met with the family member who cooperated in the investigation. Damage to the vehicle along with witness information obtained by investigators confirmed that the vehicle at the location had been involved in the collision. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was identified."

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Police are asking those with information about the incident to call Investigator Chris Dawson at (310) 458-8954, Sgt. Jeff Wiles at (310) 458-8950 or the general SMPD line at (310) 458-8495.

If you want to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1.800.78.CRIME or submit the tip online at WeTip.com. Another option is calling Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS, texting from your mobile phone or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org. If your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

This article was updated at 11:25 p.m.

Melody C. October 28, 2011 at 02:52 PM
This is a horrible trend in Santa Monica. If you are elderly, drive, have an accident, and injure or kill someone in Santa Monica you get little to no punishment. How many times have we had in the news recently that an elderly driver was involved in an accident and not charged because of their age? Does Farmer's Market not ring a bell to the police? The pedestrian was in the wrong, yes. The driver left the scene and that's against the law. He should have been arrested! How do they know that the driver wasn't fleeing because he was under the influence? So, a man dies and the driver has to retest at the DMV? This is not justice for anyone. It's setting a precedent in our city.
Tamara October 28, 2011 at 03:26 PM
The best solution is to install solar powered blinking stop signs: http://www.prlog.org/10980269-first-solar-powered-traffic-sign-installed-in-california.html Video: http://youtu.be/5HlS6CE4nww They save lives. Period.
Brian October 29, 2011 at 04:37 AM
@Tamara. That's a great idea. But... this is an issue of justice. 27 pedestrian deaths since 2001, not including the farmers market incident. I feel that if you have a Hit-and-run, you loose your license FOR LIFE! Driving is a PRIVLAGE... Wake up people. With more cyclist on the road, we're seeing hit-and-runs here too. What's it going to take to make the law protect it citizens? If the law won't keep us safe then...
Melody C. October 29, 2011 at 04:06 PM
I agree with Brian! THere is no excuse to leave an accident. This man may have been a transient that died, but he deserved better than being left on the road like he was.

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