The driver of a motor scooter was killed after colliding with a Santa Monica police cruiser on Saturday at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Fourth Street.

The crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

A 28-year-old man was driving a Taotao scooter eastbound on Pico and a Santa Monica police patrol vehicle driven by an officer was traveling northbound on Fourth when the two vehicles collided in the intersection at about 7:40 a.m., CHP Public Information Officer Karina Munoz said.

“As far as cause and speed, everything is still under investigation and we don’t have any of those details just yet,” Munoz said.

Investigators are studying video footage of the collision that was captured by city-operated cameras located at the intersection, and security cameras at a nearby gas station may have also recorded the wreck, she said.

The scooter driver’s name has not been released.

The investigation is being handled by CHP at the request of the Santa Monica police. An SMPD spokesman referred questions about the crash to CHP.

— Joe Piasecki

 

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