Transient Killed After Wandering into Traffic on 101

CHP, Los Angeles Police and Fire Department personnel are on the scene of a fatal accident where a possibly drunk transient walking into traffic was struck and killed by passing traffic.  He appeared to be stumbling, according to some witnesses. Calls started to come in via 911 about the male walking in traffic at about 10:48PM, according to the California Highway Patrol.  The man was struck a short time later, and all southbound lanes were closed and a SigAlert issued by about 11:15PM. A Mini Cooper with moderate front end damage was at the scene and may have been the vehicle that hit the transient.  Later news reports confirmed that it was, and that the female driver was not injured. Some lanes were reportedly opened but traffic was still backed up through the Cahuenga Pass as of 12:30AM, according to Weho Daily readers stuck in the traffic. KTLA reported that the victim was a 35-year-old Colorado man and that he was trying to cross the freeway near the Hollywood Bowl.

Fatal Sunset Strip Hit and Run Suspect Strikes Plea Deal

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Australian businessman who struck and killed a pedestrian on the Sunset Strip in his Bentley then fled the scene has struck a deal to plead guilty to reduced charges. Ryan Bowman will plead guilty of leaving the scene of a collision, a charge that was reduced from the initial charge of felony hit-and-run. He is to be sentenced on Friday in Judge Elden Fox’s courtroom in Beverly Hills. He will serve time in a private “pay to stay” city jail, according to the report in the Times. Lauren Ann Freeman died in the November accident on Sunset when Bowman’s Bentley struck her in a crosswalk.

Van Hits Santa Palm Car Wash Worker in Hit and Run

West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene sorting out the details of an apparent hit and run collision where a pedestrian was hit by a van near the Santa Palm Car Wash on Santa Monica Blvd. The investigation is still underway so details are hazy, but it appears that a van registered to a West Hollywood address is the suspect vehicle.  The victim is a worker at the car wash. Deputies are in the process of collecting information on the incident and may have located the vehicle and driver at the address where the van is registered. Further details are not available at this time and we don’t know the extent of any injuries that might have been sustained in the incident.

Lindsay Lohan Speeding Where Weho Pedestrian Killed

Just as we were relishing the peace and quiet we were enjoying this morning since the circus of Lindsay Lohan going to court is occurring near her new home in Venice, we read news in the Los Angeles Times that the troubled starlet was busted in West Hollywood on Sunday for driving almost double the speed limit on San Vicente. The location of the bust is actually right near Rosewood on the 400 block of San Vicente, where Derrick Gardner was killed in a vehicle vs pedestrian collision on July 1 of 2010. Residents of the area have been trying to get signals and a crosswalk installed at the location for years.  The City recently denied the request after a study that said average speeds on the street did not exceed the speed limit by a large enough margin to define speeding as a problem in that location. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times that Lindsay was cited at about 9 p.m. when L.A. County sheriff’s deputies clocked her going nearly double the speed limit — 59 mph in the  30 mph zone.

Car Hits Homeless Man and Shopping Cart on Fairfax

A homeless man was hit by a car this afternoon on Fairfax Ave near Willoughby, closing down the major street just leading into the evening rush hour. Both the man and his shopping cart were struck by a Mercedes at the intersection, toppling the cart and sending bottles and cans onto the street with many breaking. The man was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies handled the initial response to the incident but were relieved by Los Angeles Police Department officers as the incident was determined to have occurred in the City of Los Angeles. No further details were immediately available.

Pedestrian Hit by Car on Sunset at Beverly Hills Border

A vehicle vs pedestrian accident was reported shortly after 2AM this morning on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, on Sunset Blvd. The victim was reportedly taken from the scene in a vehicle to a hospital by her friends, according to information from a Beverly Hills Police officer who was first to respond to the scene. The accident was said to have happened on the 9200 block of Sunset Blvd, but no further details were immediately available.

Pedestrian Killed in Sunset Strip Hit and Run Accident

West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies responded to a hit and run accident overnight on Sunset Blvd in the middle of the Sunset Strip that has left a 21 year old woman dead.  The driver fled the scene, however a suspect vehicle was located at about 8:30AM this morning, left running on a residential street about a mile from the scene of the accident. The alleged driver of the vehicle turned himself in, accompanied by his attorney, at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station on Thursday afternoon and was booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter. The accident occurred on Sunset Blvd near Hammond, close to The Roxy and Rainbow music venues, at about 11:50PM.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene and was originally believed to have been a black Lexus SUV before debris at the scene led investigators to conclude that they were seeking a Bentley in connection with the incident. Multiple reports from witnesses on the scene said the accident was fatal to the female pedestrian, which was later confirmed by the Sheriff.  The woman was possibly walking in the crosswalk, according to Sgt. Chris Tatar of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.  She reportedly flew about 50 feet after being struck by the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.