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Transient Killed After Wandering into Traffic on 101

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Traffic backup on the southbound 101 freeway after a transient apparently stumbled into traffic. (Photo: Weho Daily reader Blanche R)

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.

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