A 44-year-old Los Angeles woman was killed Wednesday morning, September 24th, when she was struck by her disabled vehicle while waiting for assistance on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, police said.

Santa Monica police were called at 10:23 a.m. to the 1300 block of northbound Pacific Coast Highway, about two blocks north of the Santa Monica Pier, regarding a traffic collision involving three vehicles, Sgt. Renaldi Thruston said. Los Angeles County lifeguards and Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics were also called to the scene to render medical aid.

Witnesses told Santa Monica police Major Accident Response Team investigators that the woman’s vehicle broke down in the number one lane of the highway and was struck from behind by an approaching vehicle, Thruston said.

The woman, identified as Alma Eaton, reportedly got out of the disabled vehicle and was standing in front of the car when it was struck from behind, Thruston said.

The collision reportedly caused Eaton’s vehicle to sideswipe a third vehicle on the highway. Eaton was pronounced dead at the scene, Thruston said.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Eaton’s car from behind was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

The driver of the third vehicle was not injured in the crash.

Pacific Coast Highway northbound was closed for a few hours following the accident and traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway westbound was diverted at the Lincoln and Cloverfield boulevard exits.

The accident was under investigation at Argonaut press time.

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