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Pedestrian killed in downtown L.A.; one arrested [Updated]

In what police are calling a vehicular homicide, a driver this morning struck and killed a pedestrian in downtown Los Angeles.

One person was taken into custody in the 1 a.m. incident near 5th and Los Angeles streets, said Sgt. Chris Mayberry of the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division.

Details about what happened were not immediately available, Mayberry said.

[Updated at 8:57 a.m.: The victim was dragged under the vehicle "for quite a distance," said Sgt. Dan Eun of the Newton Division. "All we understand at this point was that there was some sort of dispute," Eun said.]

Newton Station homicide detectives are on scene, and the investigation has closed down parts of westbound 5th Street near Los Angeles Street, said Officer Christine Eastburn of the LAPD's Central Traffic Division. She was not sure how long the area would be affected.

-- Baxter Holmes

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Do you know who was killed yet?

La Times please stop putting stories online that still have no information!!!Your reporters sound like little kids writing a story. Wait til you have the full story.

The BLOG is called THIS JUST IN people!

This is the equivalent of breaking news on TV, where they typically don't have the details, so give them a break.

Jordan, if they didn't report this story until they knew every detail, people would be complaining, "What kind of news site is latimes.com if they haven't even reported on this yet?" Especially since I'm sure other news media in town have reported at least SOMETHING. Many of us appreciate breaking news and have enough going on in our lives that we can wait for the rest of the details to trickle in later.

Plus, if you live in the area where something like this happens or are affected by the road closures, it's good to get even a little bit of information to let you know what's going on.

People will DO ANYTHING to avoid being thrown in LA COUNTY LOCK-UPS; letting people be dragged to death over warrants for parking tickets, that's how bad the jails are!

'Updated at 8:57 a.m.' but no description, name or picture of the suspect.

I understand waiting to notify the victims family, but not the killer's.

August,

How do you know the driver was running to avoid unpaid parking tickets? Where did you get that info? Or are you just writing because you got a new computer?

I'm guessing that your are blogging because you got a new computer and not because you have anything useful to write....

anyone knows their names? Why did they got nto a fight?

does anyone know more info on the two girls??

does anyone know more info on the two girls?

Hmmm. It's Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 and I'm looking at this homicide article with accompanying comments, yet still no updates on this story. Is the Times so hard up for reporters that they don't ever do follow-ups unless they grab stories off of Google news? Tribune acquisition really gutted LA Times local reporting. Why do I bother reading this? At least I'm not wasting forests reading the paper, or download time, since my Firefox browser can block ALL or most of the stupid ads.

But consider this, now this local paper to one of the largest cities in California (and the U.S.)has more coverage per day on how many Tiger Beats have surfaced in the last few days, than who got killed locally. Talk about lazy journalism.


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