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News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Pedestrian Struck And Killed On Lincoln Boulevard In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 2, 2012, 8:06 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A 54-year-old Hispanic female transient was struck and killed in a crosswalk on Sunday night at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Ashland Avenue in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica police officers responded to the scene at 10:30 p.m.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the preliminary initial investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, a 65-year-old male resident of Santa Monica, was traveling southbound on Lincoln Blvd and made a left turn onto Ashland Ave.

Lewis said the driver hit the pedestrian when she was walking northbound in the crosswalk on the east side of Lincoln Blvd.

β€œThe pedestrian sustained major injuries and was transported to a local trauma center, where she later succumbed to her injuries in the early morning hours of July 2, 2012,” Lewis said. β€œThe victim's name is being withheld pending the notification of family.”

The driver of the vehicle was cooperative throughout the investigation and was determined to not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

After being interviewed, he was released pending further investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator 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.

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Jul. 2, 2012, 12:43:05 pm

steve ratner said...

I thought an accident is automatically the fault of the driver when the pedesrian is in the crosswalk. As a pedestrian, I can't stand the way drivers turn into the street I'm crossing while I'm still in the crosswalk, narrowly missing me. Technically this is against the law but ignorant drivers do it frequently!

Jul. 2, 2012, 2:45:51 pm

Me said...

He can be at fault without being criminally liable. If he was not driving recklessly, under the influence, and did not leave the scene then he did not commit a crime for which he can be arrested and detained. Whether he is liable for the accident in civil court depends on whether or not she darted into the cross walk too fast or too close to his car such that he couldn't stop had he been going a safe a legal speed.

Jul. 3, 2012, 2:59:31 am

Linda said...

I reported this intersection twice, once when I almost got run down Lincoln and Ashland and another time when my son got hit on Lincoln and Ashland! This was reported to Lucy Dyke at the City. This was hardly handled as the City did not own Lincoln Blvd. I begged her to strip the crosswalk with big bright white strips and it was NOT done or possibly looked into. People zoom up and down Ashland Ave. finish their turns and do not look to see if people are crossing either on Lincoln or Ashland. Something must be DONE!!!

Jul. 3, 2012, 10:50:11 am

Jennifer said...

This "Woman" happens to be my Mother. That being said, woman or female or pedestrian would have been description enough. The word "homeless" implies at 1st glance that the person is without a social status in this world. It is 100% offensive. I dont think that the writer meant it in any disrespect but in the future should refrain from such unnecessary descriptions. It does not and should not matter where she lives or lived. It does not matter whether she was homeless or rich. What matters is that she was walking in an unsafe, unlit crosswalk that was not properly stripped, (the city has been informed in many past incidents) and was as a result hit and killed. Now the facts need to be addressed. Was this elderly man under the influence of any prescription meds. or was he impaired at all? We don't know. Was he visually or audio impaired during the accident....again we do not know. We as her family have not even been informed of his name, if he has a vaild drivers license and insurance or if he is even a citizen. Wether he is a santa monica residence doesnt matter. That says nothing about the accident. The facts are she was fatally injured and died. Society has really gone wild with assumptions and stereotypes. Because a person has a Spanish last name does it make them Hispanic, because a person carries a bag does it make them homeless? And if they were homeless, does it mean their death means less then yours? Yet nothing was mentioned re: the driver being homeless or having a home and i agree strongly that when you do mention these words, like transient or homeless, that people will jump to conclusions. She was not without a home or family. She is survived by her 3 daughters, Mother and large family. We loved her greatly and she will be missed. Her name was DEBORAH. She loved to sing and play guitar. Any information that anyone has regarding the details of this accident please contact her family directly at

Jul. 3, 2012, 10:52:05 am

Jennifer said...

LINDA......I would like to talk to you directly regarding the safety issues you brought up in your comment as we will be taking this up with the city as well. Please contact us directly by email. Thanks

Jul. 3, 2012, 2:14:40 pm

L. McCann said...

I jumped out of bed when I heard the sirens. I just felt this was not just any alarm. It felt bad. I hope that they find her family. L. McCann

Jul. 4, 2012, 4:04:30 am

Suzanne said...

Media just kills me!!! She IS NOT hispanic! What Idiots. And the wor;d transcient???? I dont care what the real meaning is!!! her name is Debie and she was a great human being!!! The driver was at fault!!!! And obviously this has happened before the city should be sued!!! And the man as well should be paying for his neglegence!!! Pedestrian has the right of way....especially if in crosswalk and she was walking when sign said WALK!! Really??? This is DISGUSTING! I'd like to know what the HELL Santa Monica's smoking?????? Ugh

Jul. 6, 2012, 8:36:50 am

Surf Diva said...

Jennifer - I am so sorry for your loss. Mothers are the first people in the world who love us and their loss is especially poignant. Deborah sounds like a very loved woman with a beautiful family. My deepest condolences to all of you.

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