A 24-year-old recent graduate of UCLA was killed after she was struck by a taxi on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica early June 18, police said.
West Los Angeles resident Melissa Del-Aguila was seen by witnesses running into traffic lanes from the sidewalk in the 2400 block of Wilshire Boulevard near Douglas Park at about 2:30 a.m., when she was hit by a taxi driving westbound in the number-one lane, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and she later succumbed to her injuries, Lewis said. The driver of the Bell Cab was cooperative with police following the collision and was found not to be under the influence after submitting a blood sample, Lewis said.
Prior to the accident Del-Aguila had gone out to celebrate her recent graduation from UCLA with several friends at Q’s Billiards, 11835 Wilshire Blvd. in West Los Angeles, Lewis said. According to several witnesses, she was last seen at the bar around 1 a.m., and Lewis said it was unclear how Del-Aguila, who had no mode of transportation, made her way to Santa Monica.
She was wearing a light floral colored blouse, dark blue skinny jeans and high heels at the time of the accident, police said. Lewis said it was immediately unclear if Del-Aguila was trying to hail the taxi that struck her, another cab or trying to cross the street at the time of the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Chris Dawson at (310) 458-8954, Sgt. Jeff Wiles at (310) 458-8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.