An 80-year-old Santa Monica woman died after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in an unmarked crosswalk at Colorado Avenue and 16th Street in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, December 1st, police said.
The woman was crossing Colorado Avenue at 4:08 p.m., when she was struck by a 1957 Ford Thunderbird traveling west on Colorado, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said. There is no traffic light at the intersection.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries, Padilla said. The driver of the Thunderbird, a 94-year-old Santa Monica woman, was not injured in the collision and voluntarily submitted to a blood test, police said.
The results of the toxicology test were not available at Argonaut press time.
The Santa Monica Police Department Major Accident Response Team was investigating the cause of the accident. Padilla said the glare from the sun at the time of the collision may have been a factor.
Responding to this and other pedestrian-related traffic fatalities in Santa Monica this year, Padilla said police are reminding people to be safe on the roads.
“We’ve had way too many of these pedestrian accidents,” Padilla said. “We keep trying to send a message to everyone that you have to be focused on what you’re doing and the task at hand.”