The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public’s assistance with any witnesses to a fatal traffic collision.

On Aug. 19, at approximately 11:38 p.m., SMPD received multiple calls of a traffic collision in the 1500 block of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Officers responded to the location and discovered a motorcycle, occupied with two riders, collided with a vehicle. The collision caused both motorcycle riders to be ejected onto the highway. The riders were discovered to be in critical condition. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated both riders at the scene. Both motorcycle riders were transported to a local hospital for treatment to their injuries. 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 both vehicles were travelling northbound along PCH. While proceeding northbound, the motorcycle swerved into the vehicle. PCH was shut down for several hours. The California Highway Patrol and Cal Trans assisted with closure of Pacific Coast Highway.

Unfortunately, the passenger rider of the motorcycle succumbed to her injuries. Meanwhile the motorcyclist remains at a local hospital in critical condition.

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 asked to contact Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954, Sergeant Joseph Cortez at (310) 458- 8713 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

Submitted by Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez

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