SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Actress Reese Witherspoon is one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters but as Serene Branson reported for KCAL9 News at 10 p.m., she couldn’t avoid a real life collision with a moving car Wednesday.

Witherspoon, 35, was struck by a car while jogging in Santa Monica on Wednesday and suffered what was described by a spokesperson as “a minor injury.”

She was taken to a hospital but Branson reports the Oscar-winning actress was later home resting comfortably.

There was a tiny amount of blood at the scene, reported Branson. Witnesses said Witherspoon had a possible head injury.

Police said the Oscar-winning actress was hit by a car driven by an 84-year-old woman as she jogged south on 20th Street.

Witherspoon was jogging in an unmarked but legal crosswalk in Santa Monica when the driver struck her at about 20 mph.

Eyewitness Wayne Harding told Branson he knew something was up when he saw all the police commotion in the normally-quiet neighborhood.

The driver was interviewed and released. But she was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Comments (39)
  1. Tim Jones says:

    WTH is an unmarked crosswalk? If there aren’t any markings, are you supposed to use your spidey sense?

    1. AlfredHaynes says:

      Marked or not; when you see someone in the road – stop!

      1. Randy Brown says:


    2. bounce says:

      An intersection is an unmarked crosswalk. You are ALWAYS expected to look for pedestrians, not just at crosswalks.

      If you can’t remember the rules of the road, maybe drop by the DMV and pick up a booklet and see if you can pass the written test.

    3. William B. says:

      21950. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

      Essentially crossing an intersection from corner to corner where there is no roadway markings.

  2. Tammy says:

    Another old person who should have their license taken away! They are a hazard to the walking and driving public.

    1. Leroy says:

      It’s not quite that simple. At just what point is it decided that someone is too old to drive? And who makes that decision? Perhaps age didn’t have anything to do with it. Pedestrians are hit everyday by non-seniors. It’s just that they’re not named Reese Witherspoon.

      1. Beef Jelly says:

        After age 75, you should need to pay for and pass a road test to renew your licence.
        Beeeeef Jelly

      2. Klaus says:

        Cameras on every street corner can be armed with tasers to halt a potential victim from crossing a dangerous intersection as well.

        There are plenty of nanny state solutions to replace simply looking out for yourself.

  3. Tammy says:

    They should be given a physical driving test once a year and if they do not pass take the license away from them!

    1. laurac68 says:

      I’m far more fearful of young stupid, “im invincible” soccer moms in vans who drive like morons. Give me granny on the road any day. if some young snot had it Reese, there’s a good chance she might not have fared so well since’ she’d probably have been hit by some texting airhead doing 80mph instead of 20. More people have been killed by “smart” young people texting while driving than by “old people”. Cant wailt til you’re old Tammy. Pull your head out and take a 2nd look at the world…it’s not ALL about the young people or you.

    2. Leroy says:

      And what if they pass your “test”? Does that mean they won’t hit someone? Your post is spoken like someone who thinks she will never get old. Rest assured, you will. And you will hang onto your independence by tooth and nail when you do.

      1. Klaus says:

        Here, here! Pedestrians need to look both ways before crossing the street.

        Exercise caution, not in a thoroughfare.

        If someone is dumb enough to play in traffic, they’re asking for trouble.

  4. Susane says:

    Get well soon Reese! Hey Lady! Watch where you’re driving! Time to turn in your keys. Seriously – before you kill someone!

  5. Susane says:

    Get well soon Reese! Lady – you really should turn in your keys – seriously – you might kill someone!

  6. HollywoodSaint says:

    has anyone ever seen what 20th street looks like in santa monica here? cars are parked everywhere on those small streets. and joggers pop out of nowhere and dont pay attention when they got their ipod on and are in the “zone” chick lives on 16th and california and Ive almost took out herds of the feeble minded feminine freejacks frolicking about…I hope she ok though…shes hot!

  7. john says:

    they should have hit her harder next time !! celebs think they are all above the law !! wait til the day when all hell breaks loose in this country !! the celebs will be crying for help when people are raiding there houses for what ever they want !!

    1. chris says:

      Good Lord! Get a grip.

  8. charles Bennett says:

    Human:Adult: 105-600lbs+/- Automobile: 1-2 tons+/- you allocate responsibility, then do the math. “Suppose to stop” doesn’t play too well as a eulogy.

  9. Marty Mcfly says:

    Pedestrians have the right of way. It’s in the DMV handbook. Jeez!

    1. Klaus says:

      The DMV handbook also says the right of way does not grant you the right to depend on it for safety. It says if you see someone not yielding the right of way you are entitled to, you let them go and don’t get aggressive about it. Safety first.

  10. Lisa says:

    they may have the right of way but I still look out for cars because if they are not 80 years old then they are applying make up, texting, etc. You just have to assume cars are not watching out for you. I walk every where & take the bus, that’s just how it is and I have had my pants brushed a few times. Glad she is okay though! 🙂

  11. I-RIGHT-I says:

    She wasn’t paying attention and ran out in front of a car. Witherspoon should have been cited for jogging with her head up ass.

  12. Dgarfish says:

    In Michigan if you get ran over it’s YOUR fault !! Look both ways before you cross!!! LOL

  13. Mark says:

    Why the snide tone in the article – “Reese Witherspoon is one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters but …she couldn’t avoid a real life collision with a moving car” And it opens with a close-up of a big splotch of her blood on the pavement. Is this just an amusing little anecdote? Did Reese just get a good laugh out of her possibly near death experience? I don’t thin even TMZ would make a joke about someone being struck by a car.

    And also, the report doesn’t bother to mention what time of day the accident occurred, but the reporter is on the scene at 10 PM at night, so we don’t know if it happened during the day or night.

    What a strange, disconcerting and inept little report.

  14. jack says:

    Here where I am in Florida you do NOT walk out into an intersection when you do not have the pedestrian light to tell you to do so, crosswalk or not. Or you will get hit. So we do not have pedestrians thinking they own the road/have the right of way and can walk out in front of you without any common sense or prior notice to a driver. You know what I’m talking about — kids who deliberately walk out in front of traffic and saunter across the street just because they “have the right of way”. I’m not saying this is what Ms. Witherspoon did, but all the comments about poor pedestrians and evil drivers did. (No… I am not an elderly driver either, but not all elderly drivers are awful. I’ve seen more unsafe younger drivers and drivers on phones.)

  15. Deb says:

    Little old lady probably wasn’t paying attention. Just because Reese was in the right doesn’t mean she’ll live through someone hitting her with a car. She needs to pay attention also. You know, watch out for the other guy….

  16. Uncertain says:

    “Eyewitness Wayne Harding told Branson he knew something was up when he saw all the police commotion in the normally-quiet neighborhood.”

    What was he an “Eyewitness” to, the “police commotion.” If he didn’t know what was “up”, he’s hardly an eyewitness.

  17. texting w. driving says:

    SPLAT…Ooops! That’s what insurance is for.

  18. Bob says:

    Crosswalks are stupid, period. In every case where a 3000-6000 lb automobile is pitted against a 100-200 lb human, the automobile wins. Humans may not have common sense but physics always do. However, in California, math and physics don’t count. It’s always someone else’s fault.

    Hmmm, now let’s try to figure out why California is broke…

    1. Solutions says:

      There should be a law to make math and physics illegal. Then no one would ever get hit by a car ever again.

      And no state would ever go broke.

  19. Cautious says:

    I’ve been jogging by this intersection for 30 years…and always wait for a break in traffic to proceed. Road is poorly lit….joggers usually have reflective gear if they are crossing against traffic. Never see anyone cross at night without waiting for cars to pass, except at 7th street and 26th street; where there are signals.

  20. flashman1854 says:

    Who are these idiots who masquerade as reporters these days:

    “Eyewitness Wayne Harding told Branson he knew something was up when he saw all the police commotion in the normally-quiet neighborhood.”

    If he was an “eyewitness” I assume he actually saw the accident. NOT “knew something was up when he saw all the police commotion…”. He was not an eyewitness, unless the reporter means he was an eyewitness to “police commotion”.

    Where do these dwibs get educated?

  21. Mark says:

    Its weird it happened to Reese. Its like that old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Commercial: A high speed collision, one driver is eating peanut butter out of a jar, the other driver is eating chocolate. Then WHAM! The mess is untangled and, “You got chococate on my peanut butter.” “You got peanut butter on my chocolate.” – “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups”

    Well, I guess I’m dating myself. That 84 year old driver that hit Reese would know what I’m talking about.

    1. Uncertain says:

      Reese’s Pieces anyone?

  22. Truth says:

    The driver is too old?
    How about Witherspoon is too stupid.
    Maybe we should make cele-brat-ies take a test to make sure they’re compentant to go runing through the streets.

  23. Peacetrain says:

    I have been jogging in the streets of So. Calif for over 35 years and I can tell you the motorist are not looking for joggers when coming to an intersection, especially when they are going to make a turn. Joggers often suddenly appear at the corner, as opposed to peds waiting at the corner before crossing the street. A driver about to make a turn at the corner, seeing no one standing there, will surely not notice a jogger runniing to the same corner and taking off for the other side at the same time the light turned green for the peds. In all my years of jogging, I have never come close to being hit by a car because I do one very important thing before stepping in front of a moving car. I look at the driver to see if they see me and I’m sure they are going to stop. Even if I have the right of way, I will not step into the intersection and in front of the car until they see me and have stopped. Those rolling stops with the driver looking for cross traffic can get you killed. The issue of right of way only works in a civil court or detemines who gets a ticket. It doesn’t prevent you from getting hit by a car. I was taught at a very your age…Look before crossing the street”.

  24. Peacetrain says:

    I find it ironic that jay walkers are the ones getting the tickets but they are often times not the ones getting hit by a car. Why? Because you’ll notice, they are looking at the oncoming traffic. Crossing in a crosswalk, marked or not, is a death trap unless you look before crossing.

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