Santa Monica Woman Dead in Hit-and-Run

In the second fatal hit-and-run in Santa Monica in just six days, a 30-year-old woman is killed in a crosswalk at Wilshire Boulevard and 21st Street.

A 30-year-old Santa Monica woman has succumbed to injuries sustained in a hit-and-run about midnight Monday at Wilshire Boulevard and 21st Street.

The woman was walking northbound in a crosswalk on 21st when she was struck by a car headed west on Wilshire, the Santa Monica Police Department reported Monday night.


It is the second fatal hit-and-run in the city in the past week.

On July 10, a 29-year-old Venice woman was .

Investigator's responded to Monday's deadly crash at 12:16 a.m. The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Via Twitter, a Venice resident who described the victim as an "amazing girl," said it was her birthday.

The car was a charcoal grey or black Toyota or similar type sedan with damage to the front grill, hood and driver side headlight. After crashing into the woman, the driver continued west on Wilshire Blvd to 15th Street, then east to California Avenue and out of sight, according to police.

At night, many of the intersections along Wilshire Boulevard are poorly lit with no flashing lights to alert drivers when pedestrians cross.


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Charles Tobias July 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Me and two of my friends watched over her. We were talking to her, but she was unresponsive. She was breathing though. We stood next to her until the cops asked us to give our statements. She definitely was not alone. It really does break my heart how viciously she was taken from this earth. I shared my account of the night on NBC news and have spread the news throughout Facebook and anywhere I can. We will bring this soulless human being to justice. I won't let up until we do.
Catherine Myman-Kaplan July 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sending love and condolences for everyone who loved and knew her. Thank you Charles for staying with her so she wasn't alone, I hope that can provide a small comfort to her friends and family.
Charles Tobias July 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I Hope it does provide them comfort as well Catherine. I want to walk to every store and business up and down Wilshire to see if there is any surveillance of this car that hit her. It was the only car on the road at that time, so if there at least a snap shot of the car, the authorities should be able to catch the culprit. Just so sad how this happened, and the person behind the wheel has no regard for a human being they hit and left lying in the road.
Larry Carnahan July 20, 2012 at 12:07 AM
There are no words that can express how tragic a situation this really is. The individual that is responsible most likely drinking and out of fear did not stop. Wilshire is an extremely dangerous artery running through Los Angeles. People are stressed out and not paying attention. We have to really slow down and look - Please everyone - lets look at this as a reminder of how precisous life really is. Hold onto every moment.
John Johnson August 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Sam, as much as I like the look of the medians, you are right, they make seeing people crossing the street so much more difficult. And, in poor light of the early morning or afternoon, with no flashing lights to let a driver know that someone is crossing, it is sometimes impossible to see people. Those new crosswalk systems, with flashing lights on the ground and on a pole that are activated by the walker pushing a button are the answer - they make it so much easier to know someone is crossing.


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