Two Pedestrians Injured in Wilshire Crash

The pedestrians are recovering at a local hospital following the Monday morning incident.

Two pedestrians are recovering at a Santa Monica hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Wilshire Blvd. on Monday morning.

The accident occurred at 10:08 a.m., Santa Monica Police Investigator Chris Dawson told Santa Monica Patch at the intersection of Wilshire and 16th St., where the incident took place. He said they were struck while heading south on the crosswalk.

The driver of the vehicle has been cooperative with police, Dawson said.

Clothes belonging to the victims were still on Wilshire Blvd. shortly before 12 p.m. Dawson said firefighters had to cut them off the victims so they could provide the victims with medical assistance.

The identities of the victims and the driver have not been made known.

Dawson is asking anyone who witnessed the accident and has information about it to call him at (310) 458-8954.

The accident is one of many to have occurred on Wilshire Blvd. in recent memory. In late June, a recent UCLA graduate was killed after being hit by a taxi near (2400 block).

On Dec. 23, another crash happened at the intersection of Wilshire and 14th when a 66-year-old Santa Monica resident who was using the crosswalk was killed by a vehicle. That had been the city's since Dec. 15, 2009.

Another collision happened on the morning of Feb. 12, also on Wilshire, east of 20th. Twenty-three-year-old Anupam Sanyal, who was also a Santa Monica resident, died when his car slammed into a palm tree after a drag race.

Gary Kavanagh August 02, 2011 at 02:35 AM
How many more people need to be run over in this town before we get serious about enforcing pedestrian rights of way at cross walks, and taming automobile speeds where crossings exist?
Steve M August 02, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Even the police run through intersections. A cop on his cell phone didn't stop for me and my son in a stroller and neither did a park ranger. They above all should be the example for the rest of us.
Maria Fotopoulos August 02, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I continue to be very discouraged by the lack of basic traffic law enforcement in both Los Angeles and Santa Monica. I've lived in West L.A. now for some 20 years, and I think I have yet to have gotten on the roads in my car on any given day and not experienced another driver committing a serious infraction. Just the other day, a driver blew through a four-way stop I was stopped at in a nearby residential neighborhood, and not 10 minutes later at the U.S. Post Office on Wilshire in Santa Monica another driver became irrationally irate because he didn't think I was pulling out of a parking space fast enough. There are so many violations that I'm sure the cost of stopping and writing these people tickets would more than pay for the cost of enforcement. But more importantly, if drivers knew their flagrant abuse of rules of the road would be penalized, there'd be a change in their driving behaviors.
BarryA August 03, 2011 at 01:51 AM
I can recall about 20 years ago, if you stepped off the curb as a pedestrian, the car(s) nearest you would stop on a dime. Those days are long gone. Also, there are so many instances on two laner, whereas one lane may have a mini-bottleneck of vehicles stopped at a non-traffic light controlled intersection..& the other lane has smooth sailing traffic. At that moment in time, the lane moving, is a blind POV for the driver's ability to identify a cross walking pedestrian . However, a good driver will assume the pedestrian has just stepped off the curb before he can actually see him. Thus, the good driver, then stops his car prior to the crosswalk. And sure enough, you will see that unassuming pedestrian walking by the nose of your car. There is no telling how many other drivers out there may have their head up their ass at that same moment in time. Probably a handful. And I believe that is where and how these pedestrian fatalities will potentially occur. Traffic enforcement ought to install a belly mirror(s) or some type of sensor that flashes bright red in that particular situation. I have seen it very occasionally, on Montana but only at night. The cross walk reflectors flash collectively. But it is definitely not enough, however the crosswalk waiting zones on Wilshire is a good start. Let's re-submit these blogs as chits for the tuesday evening SM City Council meetings!
RobertB August 05, 2011 at 11:38 PM
I agree that drivers need to be more aware of pedestrians as these avoidable accidents with injuries and fatalities have shown. There is no excuse for distraction and not being completely aware of your surroundings when driving. If a car in a parallel lane is stopped at a crosswalk you should act as if you expect that a pedestrian is crossing especially if your complete view of the crosswalk is obscured by the other vehicle. Just as a good driver drives defensively, the pedestrian also needs to exercise awareness and caution to insure their own safety while crossing at designated crosswalks and at intersections. I lived in NYC for 25 years where traffic is unforgiving to the unaware pedestrian. As a driver I am continually amazed in my observation of pedestrians in the LA area that the vast majority of them cross a street at a crosswalk or intersection without even looking at the approaching traffic. Often times their attention is diverted by using cell phones or portable music players while crossing. Some seem to have the unshakeable faith that vehicles will automatically stop for them in spite of their lack of awareness. To avoid accidents, both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of each other, obey traffic laws and use common sense.


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