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Pedestrian Hit by Moped on Wilshire In Serious Condition

Driver crashes into 52-year-old man in crosswalk on Wilshire Boulevard and Ninth Street.

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries to his entire body, including to his arms and legs, when he was struck Saturday evening by a moped on Wilshire Boulevard and Ninth Street, according to the Santa Monica Police department.

The 52-year-old man was taken to a local trauma center, where he is in serious but stable condition, said department spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

"The moped was travelling eastbound in the No. 1 lane of Wilshire," Lewis said, "and the pedestrian was crossing Wilshire Boulevard southbound in the east crosswalk when he was struck by the driver of the moped who failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk."

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He was struck about 6:25 p.m. There is no traffic signal at the crosswalk.

The driver, a 32-year-old Santa Monica woman, suffered minor injuries after falling of the bike, but she remained at the scene, Lewis said.

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Evan November 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Was the driver of the moped charged with anything?
Beby November 20, 2012 at 07:16 PM
A group of us were just talking about the poorly lit crosswalks on Ocean Blvd. It's nearly impossible to see people crossing there. SO dangerous. Not to mention the many side streets now that are not only lit by one or two lights. They buy new parking meters that zero out so that no one gets a penny's worth of free parking and the city can make an extra quarter - but they can't properly light the crosswalks? Interesting choices.
Dan Charney November 20, 2012 at 09:59 PM
was she 'texting" ?
j pena November 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I have seen how cavalier pedestrians are about crossing on Wilshire. The problem is that they assume the driver sees them. We are not all gifted with the same quality of sight or ability to be aware of unexpected bodies jumping into traffic. It it TOTALLY up to the city to solve this problem by reducing the crosswalks and adding lights. This is almost like having a crosswalk on the 10 freeway, it can get that crowded!
Brenda Barnes December 23, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Pedestrians are so silly to walk out into traffic without first making eye contact with all the drivers they are going to walk in front of. The drivers are wrong--like this one--to hit people in crosswalks, but a car is 2,000 pounds of steel moving, and even a moped can cause serious injuries, so why walk in front of a moving car? I was driving on 17th near Montana the other day, and it was misting, when two women and a man just walked into the street from the other side without the slightest delay to look for cars. If I weren't a defensive driver I would not have been able to stop. That's on a tiny street compared to Wilshire, but anywhere even my 12-year-old grandson knows to stop, look, and listen before stepping into a street. What is it with grown people today thinking because they have the right-of-way, they won't be killed?


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