A 59-year-old man was struck by a car Saturday afternoon in the pedestrian crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard near Westmount in West Hollywood.
Sgt. Chris Tatar of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said that when the man was hit his body was flung up onto the windshield of the car. Tatar said charges may be filed against the driver of the car on further investigation.
That crosswalk, frequently used by those headed back and forth from the Starbucks coffee shop on the south side of Santa Monica, is one of several where the city has installed blinking lights to warn motorists that they must stop for pedestrians.
However pedestrians in the area often don’t press the button that activates the lights. It also is not uncommon to see pedestrians in the crosswalk focused on their mobile phones rather than the cars around them.
A report to the City Council earlier this year said the Sheriff’s Department had identified four accidents involving pedestrians and one involving a bicyclist at the Hancock Avenue crossing of Santa Monica and three pedestrian accidents at the Palm crossing. The Council in February authorized the installation of blinking lights at those crossings and the one at San Vicente Boulevard.