LINCOLN BLVD — A 54-year-old man was hit and killed by a motorist while walking across Lincoln Boulevard at Pier Avenue just after midnight Wednesday, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a 34-year-old female from Culver City, Calif., told police that she did not see the pedestrian until she struck him with her car, said Sgt. Jay Moroso, spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department.

The pedestrian, who was walking eastbound at the unmarked intersection, sustained major trauma to his body as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name is being withheld pending the notification of family.

The driver, whose name was not released by police, was cooperative throughout the investigation and was determined to not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She was released at the scene, Moroso said.

The investigation is still ongoing.

This is the third traffic collision to result in a fatality in Santa Monica this year, Olson said.

In the other two incidents, motorcyclists were killed. It was determined in both crashes that unsafe speed was to blame. In one, a collision on Pico Boulevard in January, the motorcyclist was found to be under the influence, investigator Jason Olson said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Olson at (310) 458-8993 or Sgt. Philbo Rubish at (310) 458-8950. The SMPD can be reached at all hours of the day at (310) 458-8495.

Individuals who have information but wish to remain anonymous can call We-Tip at (800) 782-7463 or submit a tip at wetip.com. They can also call (800) 222-8477 or visit lacrimestoppers.org. Individuals whose information helps lead to an arrest may be eligible to receive up to $1,000.

 

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