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News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Elderly Driver Loses Control Of SUV; Hits Woman On Arizona Avenue

Posted Mar. 15, 2013, 7:38 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

An elderly driver who lost control of his SUV at about 1:45 pm Friday afternoon was rushed to a Santa Monica trauma center along with a woman he struck on Arizona Avenue near 2nd Street.

Witness Angel Delarosa told KCAL9 news that said he saw the vehicle hit one of the many pedestrians in its path.

“We were walking toward the intersection and this car hit (another) vehicle  and veered off to the sidewalk,” Delarosa told the news station. “(He hit the pedestrian and she) landed on the hood and then he went down the sidewalk and hit that tree and she flew off.”

Delarosa said the victim was walking with friends, who narrowly escaped being hit.

The condition of the woman is not known, but she was conscious when paramedics arrived, according to SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis.

The driver is cooperating with investigators, Lewis said.

Check back at smmirror.com for updates.

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Mar. 15, 2013, 10:37:47 pm

Tammi said...

Too old to drive...and to recover.

Mar. 16, 2013, 5:54:22 pm

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