UPDATE: 1 Pedestrian Killed, 1 Injured By Bus in West Hollywood

The victims are taken to Cedars-Sinai after the incident at Santa Monica Boulevard and Palm Avenue around 11:40 p.m. Monday.


One of two men struck by an MTA bus in West Hollywood succumbed to his injuries Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The men were struck in the 8800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, at the intersection of Palm Avenue, around 11:40 p.m. Monday, said Sgt. Andrew Bedogne of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Transit Services Bureau.

The bus involved in the crash had been eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard when the men were hit, Bedogne said.

The bus ended up with a cracked windshield, a news photographer reported from the scene.

The victims were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead and the other was in critical condition, Bedogne said.

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George February 10, 2013 at 05:14 AM
I blame the bus driver. Most are REALLY nice and competent drivers but sometime the drivers are full of rage!!! MTA need to have there people ride the bus just as regular bus riders and grade these drivers every so often to see first hand how they behave and more importantly drive the bus.
Mack Fleetwood February 10, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Totally agree. I have lived in W. Hollywood -- on Palm Ave., no less -- fro over a decade and I NEVER use those $#@! crosswalks. I ahve always said the exact same thing you wrote above. These crosswalks are ridiculous. In Venice, the crosswalks like up, too, like they do in Glendale near the Americana and where there's heavy traffic. These crosswalks on Santa Monica also have big plants and trees in the meridian, causing further obstruction of the pedestrians using the crosswalk. I have seen numerous accidents, people getting hit in those crosswalks, and I mean a lot over the past decade or so. I walk over a block or two -- or 10 -- to get to a crosswalk with a traffic signal -- and even THAT'S dangerous in this town!
George February 10, 2013 at 07:22 AM
We need to get a petition for more controlled street lights up and down Santa Monica Blvd. They have many lights in Beverly Hill and in West Los Angeles. People speed down Santa Monica like it's a freeway.
Cino February 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM
This section of SM is FULL of pedestrians at all hours of the day and night. It was the duty of the driver to be aware of this and operate accrodingly. We now have loss of life...that is staggering! Something must be done and we need to hold the city and the MTA feet to the fire until it is safe to cross a street. Those cross walks are a joke at night. Perhaps we should make it so the City Council is forced to cross them a few times a month to get to work at all hours of the night and day. Bet you'd see some fast changes then.
Cino February 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM
You are on the money Paul! I would sign it in a heart beat!~


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