SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Police Wednesday searched for the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead in Santa Monica.

The deadly accident happened at 5:50 a.m. at Santa Monica and Lincoln boulevards in Santa Monica, according to police.

“The suspect vehicle was traveling southbound on Lincoln Boulevard in the number one lane, struck the pedestrian, as he was crossing,” said Sgt. Richard Lewis.

A white male in his 50s was killed while walking in a crosswalk during a red light on Santa Monica Boulevard. He was hit by a newer model charcoal gray Toyota Camry with a missing passenger-side mirror, officials said. The car likely has front end damage.

“Terrible thing to see. What a way to start your day, you know,” said Jay Kyle, who said he thought he recognized the victim.

“He was definitely a transient. I’ve seen the guy before at the CVS; he  panhandled there,” Kyle said.

The man was declared dead at the scene.

Police have no description of the driver.

There have been five pedestrians struck and killed so far this year in Santa Monica.

“It’s a nightmare here. Santa Monica is a very dangerous place and people don’t realize it,” said Robaire Estel, who walks through the same intersection every day.

He said that he has had a number of close calls as well.

“There have been many times that I’ve had to hit people’s hood and they were just startled, because they’re so interested in getting into the traffic, that they don’t pay attention to the pedestrians at all,” Estel said.

Anyone with information should call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

Comments (9)
  1. leedie says:

    Another heartbreaking Lincoln Blvd. pedestrian death. I’ll bet it was a driver making the right turn as is usually the case – paying no attention to a person stepping into the curb/crosswalk. Every walk we take we encounter the same dangerous situation…drivers making the right turn without looking…worse – not caring. I refuse to cross a street without looking into the eyes of the next car coming for the turn. Unless it was a Santa Monica mom texting while driving…sailing through intersections – oblivious.

    1. Michael J. McDermott says:

      Yes, whenever you want to cross the street just walk in front of a moving car but make sure you are walking between painted lines or you will be breaking the law and risk getting a jay-walking ticket.
      Yes, I’ve got it.

      1. Michael J. McDermott says:

        Don’t forget… K.U.T.E. Oh, I didn’t forget it.

  2. cool story says:

    cool story bro

    1. With Stupid says:

      You are an idiot who absolutely serves no purpose to society. You should go jump into the Pacific.

      1. With Stupid says:

        Talking about the person commenting as “cool story”.

    2. NYU1232 says:

      Good luck with your GED.

  3. Not a Moron says:

    What a sad story! My thoughts are with this man’s family and friends. What is society coming to that there are so many hit-and-run accidents; they seem to be the ‘norm’ now, with people not taking responsibility for their actions. Maybe if the driver had stopped the man could have been saved.

    BTW, Igor Doublebubblevich is either Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or George. W. Bush.

  4. Melvin Blake says:

    I know a mexican dude that he once told said that he surely won’t stop if he hits someone on the street because he never had auto insurance. he said if he once hits someone, he would rather be hiding like a rat or run back to mexico. I asked him why can’t he just get an auto insurance be it a liability? He said he feels that he or other mexicans shouldn’t be paying for any insurance because America owes mexicans anyway. @@!

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