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Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver
By Lookout Staff
November 15, 2021 -- A driver struck and killed a man crossing Pico Boulevard Saturday night, marking the second hit-and-run collision in two weeks and the fourth pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica this year.
The fatal hit-and-run collision took place at around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Pico and 10th, and the driver "immediately fled the scene," police said.
"A second vehicle hit the victim when he was down on the roadway," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.
"That vehicle stopped to assist, and the driver has cooperated with investigators," Flores said.
The unidentified victim -- who is believed to be in his fifties -- was pronounced dead on the scene by Santa Monica Fire personnel, police said.
Although it has not been confirmed, the victim appears to have been homeless, Flores said.
The suspect vehicle is possibly a white Dodge Challenger, or a vehicle similar in style, with red racing stripes on the hood, Flores said.
The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Pico Boulevard after the collision, he said.
Neighbors have complained that motorists often exceed the 35 mph speed limit on the street and have been traveling even faster after the boulevard that connects to the freeway was recently repaved.
The fatal collision comes two weeks after a hit-and-run driver seriously injured a pedestrian at the intersection of Third Street and Wilshire Boulevard on October 31.
Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle believed to be a white Infiniti G-series sedan with no front plate ("Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Seriously Injured Pedestrian," November 12, 2021).
The first fatal pedestrian collision this year took place on May 2, when a 50-year-old homeless woman was struck and killed by a car on a 10 Freeway on-ramp ("Homeless Woman Killed Walking on Freeway On-Ramp," May 3, 2021).
One week later, on August 9, a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Main Street ("Main Street Collision Marks Third Pedestrian Death This Year," August 9, 2021).
Anyone with information concerning Saturday's collision should call Investigator Evan Raleigh at 310-458-8954 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
They can also call the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8461.
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