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Pedestrian Killed in Ocean Park Collision
 

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By Jorge Casuso

February 3, 2020 -- A 35-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Ocean Park Saturday morning, marking the second pedestrian fatality of the year.

The collision at 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards comes one week after a homeless man took his life by stepping in front an Expo train ("Fatal Collision Sunday Marks Third Pedestrian Killed by Expo Train," January 26, 2020).

In Saturday's collision, a 35-year-old Asian man "entered the roadway and into the path" of a vehicle traveling north on Lincoln, said Capt. Candice Cobarrubias, the Police Department spokesperson.

"The pedestrian sustained major head trauma and succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the hospital," Cobarrubias said.

"The driver of the vehicle stopped and remained on-scene," she added.

Major Accident Response Team investigated the incident, Cobarrubias said. The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

The two pedestrians deaths so far this year match the total over the past two years. Last year there were two pedestrian fatalities after none in 2018.

Despite having no pedestrian deaths in 2018, Santa Monica ranked near the top of the list of Los Angeles County cities with the most pedestrian crashes and injuries ("Santa Monica Ranks Third in County for Pedestrian Crashes, Injuries," December 9, 2019).

It ranked third in both crashes and injuries -- with 90 and 91 respectively -- behind only Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the study based on CHP data.

Santa Monica, however, had a higher rate per capita than the two much larger cities, according to an analysis of the data by the Lookout.

Santa Monica took measures to curb pedestrian deaths after eight fatalities in 2017 ("Eighth Pedestrian Killed This Year in Santa Monica," November 21, 2017).

The City Council boosted funding to make the city's busy streets safer and hired a “Vision Zero czar” ("Santa Monica City Council Calls for Safe Streets 'Czar,'” May 11, 2017).


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