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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william rehwald July 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
This is another sad occurance, and a tragedy. It is just too bad as no person who is paying attention should suffer this fate. I have no idea if this is the case, but now that they have banned texting and cell phones when driving , I would purpose a ban on the same while crossing the street. If people are aware of there surroundings, this type of accident will decrease markedy. My condolences to the family.
Alison Kendall July 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
How terribly tragic. Perhaps better lighting of the crosswalks between lights on Wilshire would be helpful. It can be difficult to see pedestrians at night. Fleeing the scene of a fatal accident is immoral. We need to raise the penalties for doing so and local more of the fleeing motorists to stop this widespread trend of evading responsibility and failing to offer aid.
Sam July 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The median was probably partially to blame. Remove the medians!
Lord Lionheart July 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Whoever designed those intersections between Wilshire and 26th needs to re-think them. I take Wilshire to work everyday, many of the intersections have no traffic lights and the pedestrian crossings have no flashing lights, some even have small palm trees right next to the crossing which completely obscure anyone attempting to cross while stepping out behind a palm tree, a recipe for disaster. I'm always cautious between about Lincoln and 26th on Wilshire and have often thought a child wouldn't stand a chance if trying to cross. Conversely I also live in the neighborhood and am very cautious when crossing on foot for the exact same reasons, when the sun is low in the sky, no traffic lights, no ped Xing lights and small palm trees next to crossings. Not a great design by the city?!?!?
Concerned Resident July 17, 2012 at 05:12 PM
another unnecessary tragedy. There should not be any mid-street crosswalks in Santa Monica. No street in Santa Monica is so long that the pedestrian (including myself) couldn't walk to the nearest light to be able to cross more safely. Many drivers do not pay close attention when driving or perhaps just don't see the pedestrian. The crosswalks also cause confusion-sometimes pedestrians look like they are about to cross then they change their mind, then they start to cross again. The mid-street crosswalks are dangerous for everyone, pedestrians and drivers.
Diana Morales July 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It was her birthday. There are so many of us grieving over the loss of someone who was so full of love and light. Please, if you have any information to share with the authorities, PLEASE contact them so that her killer can be brought to justice. Thank you. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigators Chris Dawson or Jason Olson at 310.458.8954 or Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at 310.458.8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.
Claudia Schafer July 18, 2012 at 02:11 AM
With all due respect - none of the content of the first five comments, be they right or wrong, excuses this appalling trend of hit-and-run deaths. Citizens of Santa Monica - please keep your eyes open and try to get license plates when witnessing such events. Even a partial plate combined with vehicle description can help Police track down these murderers.
Charles Tobias July 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
The real issue at hand here is a young girl who was loved by so many and an amazing soul is dead. Killed by a ruthless, and heartless motorist driving at a high rate of speed. I saw it happen in front of me. I stayed with her until the police arrived, and I was talking to her. Diana, I'm sorry and my condolences go out to you, her other friends and family. My heart breaks and I wish there was something I could have done.
Diana Morales July 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Charles, thank you so much for being there with/for her. I'm getting small details here and there and one that I was most upset about was not knowing if she was left alone. Thank you for being human and staying there with her. You did all that you could and I know I, for one, appreciate it greatly.
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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