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Pedestrian killed in Los Angeles accident

An accident in Hollywood resulted in the death of a pedestrian on Oct. 25. The pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Normandie Avenue at about 2 a.m. A speeding silver car hit a pedestrian who had been crossing Santa Monica Boulevard in a crosswalk, according to witnesses. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery for severe injuries. However, the pedestrian did not survive.

Witnesses also reported that the driver was not using headlights and did not see the pedestrian, causing the pedestrian to be hit hard. The driver reportedly attempted to flee by continuing down Santa Monica Boulevard, but he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a parked a car. He then vacated the vehicle and fled on foot, heading south on Edgemont. That was when several witnesses searched for the driver; one went down the street on foot with a car following behind him with its high beams on. They found him and returned to the scene of the accident.

Redondo Beach wreck kills one

On Oct. 9, a Kentucky man was killed in a California automobile collision. Police said that the auto accident occurred at around 5:35 p.m. on Aviation Boulevard. The coroner for Los Angeles County stated that the man sustained blunt force trauma to his upper body and that these injuries proved fatal.

According to reports, the deceased individual was the passenger in a vehicle that was traveling through rush-hour traffic when it was suddenly slammed by another car. The accident occurred in the 3300 block, and police kept the area closed to further traffic for some time while they investigated what exactly caused the incident.

Distracted driver may have caused pedestrian fatality

A 65-year-old California woman was struck and killed by a minivan driven by a woman who may have been distracted according to a report from the San Diego Police Department. The pedestrian accident took place in the residential neighborhood of Del Cerro on Oct. 11 at about 3:45 p.m.

The victim was known to frequently walk in the neighborhood, and witness statements indicate that she raised her arms at the minivan as it approached. She was struck while in a crosswalk at the intersection of Navajo Road and Margerum Avenue. The woman was dragged several feet before the vehicle came to a stop, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police closed the area to traffic for several hours after the crash as accident reconstruction experts conducted their investigation.

Truck driver testifies in fatal California accident

The truck driver in a fatal accident that occurred in California testified in a wrongful death lawsuit on Sept. 30 in connection with the incident. The truck driver said that he had pulled over onto the shoulder of the 210 freeway to urinate and take an aspirin when a SUV that was carrying a family of five ran into the back of it, resulting in the death of three of the family members.

The truck driver told the court that he was sitting on the edge of his sleeper when the accident occurred and knocked him into the truck's dashboard. He said that the impact knocked the air out of him and that he couldn't breathe. The truck driver said that he couldn't remember if he had his emergency flashers on, but that all of his regular trailer lights were on when the delivery truck accident occurred. The accident occurred on Nov. 29, 2009.

Man killed after falling from party bus

A 24-year-old Los Angeles man was killed just after midnight during the morning of Sept. 29 when he fell from a moving party bus onto the 101 Freeway near Barham Blvd. The group of 23 had just left Tokyo Delve's sushi bar in North Hollywood. He had been changing the music at the front of the bus for a friend's birthday party when the bus swerved and he fell out the door.

According to the California Highway patrol, he was killed after being hit by several cars. It is unknown if all of these cars stopped at the scene of the commercial vehicle accident.

Los Angeles has high hit-and-run accident rate

Statistics for hit-and-run accidents in Los Angeles reveal that they are well above the national average. In 2009, 11 percent of car crashes nationally were hit-and-runs; in Los Angeles, 48 percent of the accidents were hit-and-runs.

An estimated 20,000 hit-and-run car accidents take place in Los Angeles annually; people are injured or killed in 20 percent of these accidents. In August 2013 alone, seven people were killed within Los Angeles city limits, while another five died as the result of hit-and-runs in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Statistics weren't mentioned on the number of pedestrians involved in hit-and-run accidents, but it may be safe to assume that auto-pedestrian accidents accounted for a good percentage.

Crash caused by California teens in stolen car

A collision that occurred in Paradise Hills and required the Jaws of Life was the result of teenagers driving a reportedly stolen vehicle and trying to escape the police. The series of events that led to the car accident began at around 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 17. Three teenagers allegedly stole a green Honda Civic. The owner of the vehicle, in another automobile, attempted to chase them down. The owner failed to catch up to the Civic, but police spotted the vehicle shortly after the owner lost sight.

Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but according to law enforcement, the stolen Civic sped away as soon as police put their lights on. The driver headed at approximately 60 mph down Rancho Hills Drive and made it about a block and a half before he ran a red light and collided with a Ford Excursion heading south on Reo Drive through the intersection.

California football player fatally struck by driver

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, a 20-year-old football player from UCLA was hit and killed by a vehicle on Sept. 8. He died around 1:30 a.m.

The auto-pedestrian accident happened at Camino De Los Mares close to Calle Nuevo in the San Clemente area. Reports say that's where he was walking at the time he was struck. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. However, investigators do not suspect drugs or alcohol were factors the crash. The driver who allegedly hit the football player did stay at the scene and call police. Officials say the driver was released. However, it is not known if charges will be filed in the future.

Man steals car, causes 3-car accident

A California man was taken into custody after he reportedly stole a vehicle and then was involved in an accident with three other cars on Aug. 23. Authorities received two calls at about 6:55 p.m. regarding two locations near each other and found that the reported incidents were connected. One was a carjacking, while the other was a car accident that involved several injuries.

The 22-year-old man allegedly showed the car owner a weapon and then drove away in the stolen Ford Mustang. As he sped south in the stolen vehicle, he lost control at an intersection and crashed into three other vehicles. A bystander reported that he had been driving at about 60 mph just before the accident. The man then exited the Mustang and fled from the scene. Although several people attempted a pursuit, they didn't catch him.

Dozens injured in tour bus crash

Dozens of people were injured when a tour bus that was headed to a casino rolled over on a freeway near Los Angeles. According to reports, the bus hit the rear of another vehicle, causing it to swerve across traffic. The bus was traveling on the 210 freeway when it overturned after breaking through a fence on the right-hand shoulder. The majority of the passengers sustained injuries, and three people traveling in other vehicles were injured as a result of the commercial vehicle accident.

According to the son of one of the passengers, the bus appeared to have been traveling too fast before the accident happened. The bus was filled with people aged 60 to 80, and five of the injured were transported via air to a local medical facility.

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