Santa Monica Lookout
|Police Seek Witnesses to Crash that Killed Santa Monica Teen; City Offers Counseling|
By Lookout Staff
May 14, 2015 -- Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal collision that took the life of a 16-year-old Santa Monica High School student this past weekend, as the City gropes with the loss by offering free counseling.
Leo Castillo, a freshman at the high school, died in the May 10 crash after running a red light at 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard while driving a scooter carrying a passenger, Santa Monica police said.
Castillo was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. His passenger, a 20-year-old Santa Monica High alumnus, was transported to a local trauma center in serious condition.
The City will offer support and counseling services through Friday between 3 and 5 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, City officials said. Those wishing to make an appointment outside of drop-in hours should call (310) 458-8688 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The free support services are organized by the City and local mental health professionals and are available in English and Spanish, officials said.
Castillo was headed westbound on Olympic when he drove into the intersection shortly before 9 p.m. and was stuck by a vehicle driven by a 73-year-old Los Angeles man.
Castillo entered the intersection against a red light, according to police.
The elderly driver was unable to avoid hitting the scooter, police said. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Police determined the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was later released, pending completion of the investigation.
Anyone with information should call Investigator Jason Olson at 310-458-8954, Sgt. Phil1bo Rubish at 310-458-8950, or the Santa Monica Police Department at 310-458-8495.
Those who want to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463) or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com.
Community members that would like to support the family through a donation to cover funeral costs may make a contribution through
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