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Elderly Man Fatally Struck by Car on Eagle Rock Blvd.

The accident occurs at 5:50 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 41.

By City News Service

A man in his 80s was fatally injured when he was struck by a car while crossing a Glassell Park street in a crosswalk near Eagle Rock, a traffic investigator said Monday.

The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 41, said Officer William Brown of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division.

"The driver was northbound in the number 2 lane of Eagle Rock Boulevard and the pedestrian was crossing eastbound in the crosswalk on Avenue 41 when he was struck in the crosswalk," Brown said. "He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead."

The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with officers, Brown said. "He basically said he didn't see the man. There was no alcohol or drugs involved."

The investigation was continuing, he said.

Richard Risemberg December 02, 2013 at 12:04 PM
If he didn't see the man, he wasn't paying sufficient attention to the road under whatever conditions existed at the time. Cars are not cocoons.
Timothy December 02, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Richard, who knows what other circumstances surround this sad incident? What was the man wearing? Is it a lighted crosswalk. Crosswalks are not force field protected, was the pedestrian paying sufficient attention? More details need to be provided.
jayres December 02, 2013 at 04:51 PM
The truth is that these crosswalks have scared me a couple times as a driver. Often times you're just cruising along, a car may be slowing or stopped in the adjacent lane ahead for a pedestrian, but also blocking your view of that pedestrian. As a driver in the middle lane, you might interpret the slowing car in the lane next to you as that driver attempting to make a turn and not stopping for a ped. It has happened to me as a driver more than once where had to slam on the brakes when the pedestrian made his way into view. It gets your heart pumping because your pretty safe in the car, but the ped could easily be killed. Its scared me straight to the point that any brakelights near crosswalk cause me to slow and approach with caution, until I can confirm there is no ped: and most times their isn't, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Also as a pedestrian, I know that I must make sure that each lane I cross has stopped vehicles. Each lane is like crossing its own separate road and you can't just assume that a car that you can't see approaching, can magically see or know you are approaching. Its common sense, but the pedestrian is at greater risk and should take greater steps to ensure safety. Accident may be drivers fault, but blame won't bring you back to life!

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