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By Jorge Casuso

October 13, 2020 -- A woman was fatally struck by a car in a major intersection in the Pico Neighborhood early Tuesday morning, marking the third pedestrian killed in Santa Monica this year.

The woman was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Stewart Street when a vehicle headed southbound on the street made a left turn at the boulevard, striking the pedestrian, police said.

When officers responded at around 8 a.m. to a call for service, they found the pedestrian in the roadway "suffering from severe head trauma," said Capt. Saul Rodriguez.

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"The involved vehicle along with the driver was on scene when officers arrived," he said. "Officers rendered immediate medical aid to the pedestrian."

Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics provided additional medical treatment at the scene, Rodriguez said.

"Unfortunately, the pedestrian succumbed to her injuries as she was being transported to a local hospital," he said.

The pedestrian's identity has not been released pending notifications of her next of kin and an investigation by police, according to Rodriguez.

"The driver is cooperating with the investigation and there are no preliminary indications the driver was impaired," he said.

The collision marks the third pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica this year.

On January 26, a homeless man took his life by stepping in front of a westbound Expo train at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue ("Fatal Collision Sunday Marks Third Pedestrian Killed by Expo Train," January 26, 2020).

On February 1, a 35-year-old man was struck and killed by a car at the intersection of Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards ("Pedestrian Killed in Ocean Park Collision," February 3, 2020).

Santa Monica took measures to curb pedestrian deaths after eight fatalities in 2017 ("Eighth Pedestrian Killed This Year in Santa Monica," November 21, 2017).

The City Council boosted funding to make the city's busy streets safer and hired a “Vision Zero czar” ("Santa Monica City Council Calls for Safe Streets 'Czar,'” May 11, 2017).

The investigation of Tuesday morning's fatal collision is ongoing, and Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area near the time.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Scott Pace at (310) 458-8954, Sergeant Boyd at (310) 458-2180 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

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