Jaywalker in Critical Condition, Police Say

A 42-year-old woman from out-of-state is treated at a local trauma center after accident at Wilshire Boulevard and Centinela.

A woman hit by a car as she jaywalked across Wilshire Boulevard Tuesday afternoon was in critical condition at a local trauma center, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. and temporarily closed Wilshire's eastbound lanes near Centinela Avenue, said police spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

The victim was identified as 42-years-old with an out-of-state residence.

Lewis said she was jaywalking southbound across Wilshire when she was hit by a compact car traveling east. 

"They stopped and cooperated," he said of the driver.

The road was reopened by 5 p.m., he said.

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Dan Charney August 29, 2012 at 01:46 AM
My god - it's happening all over LA now- I wonder if the driver was texting or on a cell phone
Shauna August 29, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I saw this accident approximately 5 min. after it occurred. I was driving East on Wilshire Blvd. There were around 8 citizens that took the lead by surrounding her on the pavement and directing traffic. They were all extremely calm and acted responsibly. I was shocked to see this woman lying on the pavement with a large amount of blood pooling around her face. I hope she is okay, I could see that she had severe facial lacerations. My prayers go out to her.
John H. August 29, 2012 at 03:54 PM
The islands on Wilshire are partly to blame. They get in the way of seeing the road most clearly. Stupid idea and the city should be sued...same with Pico Blvd.
B L August 29, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Sue the city because someone jaywalked and can't use a crosswalk where cars can expect to stop for pedestrians? I think the problem is the between-signal crosswalks and the fact that people jump out into traffic because they have "right of way" over vehicles. Sure, they do, but they should still wait for traffic to come to a stop. I've never seen that anywhere else in the US.
Canuck August 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I just commented on out-of-state jaywalkers in my comments regarding the poor Australian gentleman who was killed by drunk driver. Not saying that this is what happened here but jaywalkers in other states are rarely, if ever, cited for jaywalking and are stunned when they're given a ticket for doing so here. Do hope the woman survives.
JACQUES August 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Dan Charney don't forget that she was jaywalking, how about she was texting? The driver shouldn't be always blamed.
GasMeUp August 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This makes, at least, the second tragic accident involving tourists within about a week. The family on Colorado (around 1st St) and now this one at another wide and converging area. Pathetic.
THEBROKER August 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Here are the details of the incident; jaywalker 100% at fault. http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Woman-Jaywalker-Struck-By-Car-On-Wilshire-Boulevard-In-Santa-Monica/35342
Glenn E Grab August 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM
hey Dan, the lady was jaywalking on one of the busiest streets in town, and you blame the driver?....please,,,,
Glenn E Grab August 29, 2012 at 08:55 PM
john H....what ambulance chasing law firm employs you?....
Eddie Greenberg August 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I think you have something there Canuck. Perhaps our traffic police officers ought to start paying more attention to jaywalkers. I fervently hope this lady survives, but accidents with bicycles and walking across streets are reaching epidemic proportions. Also texting or drinking accidents by drivers need to be handled firmly with no exceptions .
Diane August 30, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Everyday I literally see about 50 people jaywalk in Santa Monica and Venice, most of them on Main Street. I also see almost that many cars and taxis making illegal u-turns on Main Street from parking spaces. I never see anyone getting ticketed.
Glenn E Grab August 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM
diane, you're correct...
John H August 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The islands on wilshire and pico make it much harder for drivers to see clearly when turning left onto wilshire and pico, wouldn't you agree?
Glenn E Grab August 30, 2012 at 07:09 PM
John....no, not really, what about a big truck or an suv driving on Pico or Wilshire?....are you going to sue them too?...are you a lawyer?...
Paul August 30, 2012 at 08:23 PM
John, If you are having difficulty negotiating a left turn onto Wilshire or Pico, you might attempt to make your left turns at intersections controlled by a traffic signal. I am entirely at peace to admit my own limitations and/or hesitations at driving in the madness of traffic in the city.
Paul August 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
TheBroker, While I agree that the principle fault lies with the jaywalker, the driver of the car could have slowed as he approached the other car that had stopped to yield to the jaywalker. Paying attention to the actions of all vehicles around you should be one of the primary rules of common-sense driving. I applaud the fact that the driver stopped and remained available to provide the police with his side of the story. As was noted in the story, he was not driving impaired and was not cited. Regardless, the jaywalker had to know that she was taking a risk. Perhaps in the past, most cars had stopped to yield right-of-way to her. This might have allowed a misplaced confidence that she could ever come to harm. Regrettably, her luck just ran out in this incident. I do offer hope for her recovery.
Paul August 30, 2012 at 09:59 PM
My personal conflict with the islands on the boulevards is that the plants will be using more of what little water resources exist (that is, if they are alive). We are living in what I would regard as an arid if not desert-type environment.
jen September 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I live in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach where they are diligent about issuing citations to jaywalkers (I have heard that the fines are as much as $300). However, all anyone here does is give the police department flack about going after such a "harmless" crime and not pursuing real criminals. They can't win!
MCM September 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Why is it so important to so many of you to judge? Yes she made a horrific mistake. My guess is that at least some of us will admit to having made mistakes in our lives. However my cousin should not have to pay for it with her life.


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