An 80-year-old Santa Monica man was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while he was walking in a crosswalk at Euclid Street and Santa Monica Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, January 24th, Santa Monica police said.
Yakov Krivulin was walking northbound in a marked crosswalk on Euclid Street at about 3:10 p.m. when he was hit by a four-door Jaguar traveling westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
Krivulin was pronounced dead at the scene, Padilla said.
The driver of the Jaguar, a 76-year-old Los Angeles man, stopped at the scene and waited for police to arrive. He was not injured in the accident.
The driver, who was interviewed at the scene, volunteered to submit to a blood test and was cooperative with investigators, Padilla said.
“The driver was very impacted by what occurred,” Padilla said.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident and analyzed the scene to try to determine how fast the vehicle was traveling, he said.
Padilla said that, at the time of the accident, “the glare from the sun was very bright,” but the cause of the accident won’t be determined until a thorough investigation is completed.
While there is no traffic light at the intersection of Euclid Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, there is a marked crosswalk with pavement flashers to alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing.
But the crosswalk pavement flashers were not operable at the time of the accident, Padilla said.
A sign above the crosswalk button had already been installed to warn pedestrians that the flashers were out of service.
City transportation officials have had some previous problems with the crosswalk flashers malfunctioning at that intersection as well as others, and were in the process of replacing the flashers when the accident occurred, said Gerald Tom, transportation engineer with Santa Monica’s transportation management division.
The intersection of Euclid and Santa Monica is one of 15 locations in the city that has a lighted crosswalk system.
The flashers are installed as an “extra measure of safety” for pedestrians but are not required to be placed at marked crosswalks, Tom said.
“These lights are optional,” Tom said. “The idea of these flashers at crosswalks is to alert the driver that a pedestrian is crossing, so even if the driver can’t see the pedestrian they can see the lights.”
Although the flashers were not working at the time of the accident, the crosswalk meets safety standards and has the proper warning signs up, Tom said.
Even when the pavement flashers are functioning properly, pedestrians need to be cautious when crossing the street because there is still a chance they can get hit, he said.
Following the accident January 24th, police closed off the intersection and diverted traffic around the scene until 9:30 p.m.
Police are awaiting toxicology tests of the driver to determine if any criminal charges will be filed, Padilla said.