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Authorities ID Man Killed on 405 Wednesday Morning

The investigation tied up traffic on the Westside for hours.

The investigation into the death of Scott Belkin on the 405 near Getty Center Drive tied up traffic for hours. Patch file photo.
The investigation into the death of Scott Belkin on the 405 near Getty Center Drive tied up traffic for hours. Patch file photo.

The pedestrian killed today on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Getty Center Drive was identified as Scott Belkin, 52, of Los Angeles.

The accident prompted the closure of three northbound lanes while authorities investigated the death, tying traffic up for hours.

Officers were sent to the area at 5:38 a.m. after Belkin was found dead at the location, the California Highway Patrol reported.

It was unclear why Belkin was walking on the freeway, according to the CHP.

Traffic was jammed through the Sepulveda Pass until after noon, with vehicles backed up well south of the junction with the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and some streets gridlocked near major off-ramps.

The investigation was completed shortly before noon, when the closed lanes were reopened, according to the CHP.

--City News Service

Dale Claxton February 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
As a regular commuter on the 405, my observation is that for the past 2 - 3 years the CHP has tended to block many more freeway lanes for much longer than reasonable. Yes, an investigation is needed, or sometimes just a tow truck. But we don't need a bunch of people standing around for hours while traffic backs up for miles.
Laura Tompkins February 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Oh but Dale, that reasoning does not mesh with the city continually using our money for frivolous boondoggles ... as evidenced by the 405 'construction' project.
Glenn E Grab February 27, 2014 at 01:32 PM
the people investigating the accident don't give a crap about the commuters
John February 28, 2014 at 03:38 PM
I take it that none of you understand what a death investigation is or why it needs to be done and in what detail. You also don't understand that this man's body may have been scattered across more than one lane and there may have been several vehicles involved. The lanes are blocked off to collect his body parts, do a thorough investigation, and clean up the mess. It's a real shame that a person's death has inconvenienced you all so much. My hearts go out to you and your hair dressers that had to reschedule your appointments.
Laura Tompkins February 28, 2014 at 06:01 PM
I take it that you have seen far too many horror films. You don't understand that the facts come before your juvenile and self-righteous suppositions. It's a real shame that you have no hair on your head nor brain in your head.
Rahel F Adye March 16, 2014 at 01:35 AM
Let it be known that despite Scott's family's contention that Scott's death was suicide, my contention, as a close friend of his that knew him better than they, is that his death was accidental. I am searching for ways to communicate this opinion to anyone who knew Scott but, like me, was initially told by his sister, that his death was self-inflicted. As to the argument that his death inconvenienced drivers that morning, consider that the deceased was a human being with friends, relations, and a life that deserves more than to be bulldozed into an unmarked grave for the benefit of commuters.

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