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Pedestrian Killed in Santa Monica Victim of Rising Number of Collisions  

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By Lookout Staff

March 17, 2017 -- Santa Monica marked its first pedestrian fatality in more than a year when a car struck a woman crossing Lincoln Boulevard early Thursday morning.

The pedestrian is the victim of a rising number of collisions involving pedestrians and cars on the beach city's increasingly busy streets, police said.

The woman was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of Lincoln and Hill Street at around 6 a.m. when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Lincoln.

Officers responding to a call at 6: 15 a.m. found the victim in the roadway with "significant injuries," said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the department spokesman.

Fire Department Paramedics treated the pedestrian at the scene before transporting her to a local hospital, where she died of the injuries late Thursday morning.

The driver of the vehicle, who remained at the scene, was not injured, Rodriguez said.

The driver cooperated with police, and a preliminary investigation found no indications the driver was impaired, Rodriguez said.

Although the fatal collision marked the first pedestrian death in Santa Monica in more than a year, the frequency of accidents involving pedestrians is increasing, police statistics show.

In the last 12 months, since March 16, 2016, there have been 109 collision involving automobiles and pedestrians.

Of those, 61 took place in the past six months, since September 16, 2016 -- with 35 having taken place since January 1 of this year.

To help reduce accidents in a city that encourages walking and bicycling as alternatives to the car, Santa Monica police launched its Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations in June 2015.

During the operations, police are on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians violating traffic laws ("Police to Conduct Bike-Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations," January 6, 2017).

The investigation of Thursday's collision is ongoing and investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area around the time of the collision, police said.

Anyone with additional information should contact Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954, Sergeant Joseph Cortez at (310) 458-8713 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

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