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Homeless Man Dies After Wandering Into Traffic on PCH Wednesday

Driver not charged and probably won't be. Was it suicide?


August 24, 2017

PCH Near Chautauqua

A pedestrian was killed at about 5 am Weenesday morning, when he wandered into traffic on Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Police said.

The SSMPD "responded to a radio call for service regarding a traffic collision involving a pedestrian at the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway," wrote SMPD Spokesman Saul Rodriguez, Lt.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a pedestrian in the roadway with significant injuries. The involved vehicle along with the driver were on scene when officers arrived. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded in an attempt to treat the pedestrian.

Unfortunately, the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

SMPD's Major Accident Response Team responded to the collision to conduct an investigation. A preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was in the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle was travelling northbound along Pacific Coast Highway and struck the pedestrian.

The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation and there have been no preliminary indications the driver was impaired.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area near the time of the collision. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954, Lieutenant Cobarrubias at (310) 458-8445 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.


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