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

December 3, 2009 |  7:37 am

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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