SANTA MONICA—On Wednesday, August 23, the Santa Monica Police Department reported a fatal crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that transpired at approximately 5:10 a.m. Authorities received a radio call for service regarding a traffic collision involving a pedestrian at the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway.
Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the SMPD indicated in a press release to the Canyon News that officers discovered a pedestrian in the roadway with significant injuries. The driver involved in the collision remained on scene until police arrived. Paramedics from the Santa Monica Fire Department responded in an attempt to treat the pedestrian, but died of his injuries on the scene. There were no reports of any injuries to the driver during the crash. The name of the victim has not yet been disclosed to the public.
SMPD’s Major Accident Response Team responded to the crash 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 when the pedestrian was struck. The driver of the vehicle is cooperated with the investigation and there have been no preliminary indications the driver was impaired. The SMPD reported that northbound PCH highway would be closed for an additional hour while authorities completed their investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators are asking anyone with information on the incident 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.