MALIBU—At 8:02 pm on March 31, Malibu/Lost Hills Station Deputies, were dispatched to 20310 Pacific Coast Highway, between Big Rock Drive and Las Flores Canyon Road, regarding a traffic collision, which injured a pedestrian. The collision caused the PCH to be closed for more than an hour.
Detective Ranes of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department told Canyon News, “A car traveling eastbound on the PCH, near [20310 Pacific Coast Highway] drifted out of his lane and struck a movie production cart.” He added, “That created a collision involving five parked cars and one pedestrian.”
The injured pedestrian is not believed to have been injured by the drifting SUV, but rather from debris which ricocheted from the movie production cart, according to Detective Ranes. According to reports, the victim was airlifted to a hospital.
The investigation into what caused the motorist to drift out of his lane is ongoing. It has been determined, though, that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the collision and the driver was not arrested.
The investigators ask that anyone with information regarding this traffic collision, to please contact Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station at (818) 878-1808.
This incident marks the second pedestrian-involved accident this month along the PCH. Three weeks ago, on March 10, a 21-year-old female pedestrian, Melanie Quinonez, was killed in a fatal hit-and-run along the PCH, near Ramirez Canyon.
In order to promote safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on the PCH, the State of California last June awarded the Malibu City Council Pacific Highway Taskforce Safety Corridor a grant in the amount of $124,250.
Among other objectives, the grant has been, and continues to fund ‘strategic’ pedestrian safety trainings within the corridor impacting a minimum of 50 community leaders and the drafting of a pedestrian safety recommendations document to identify highway improvements necessary to improving pedestrian safety.