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Pedestrian killed, motorist critically injured in West L.A. crash

January 9, 2011 |  2:01 pm

A pedestrian was killed and a motorist critically injured Sunday in a chain-reaction crash that shut down a busy West Los Angeles intersection.

The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. in the 1600 block of Federal Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard when a car traveling southbound on Federal collided with a car that was eastbound on Santa Monica.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle lost control and struck a pedestrian who was standing on the southeast corner of the intersection, said Los Angeles police Officer Karen Rayner.

The car continued out of control and hit a vehicle stopped at a nearby gas station. Two people in the car that was being refueled were uninjured.

The driver who lost control was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver of the southbound vehicle received minor injuries.

Authorities did not identify the pedestrian, who was described as a man in his 40s, or the driver who was critically injured. Police had no details on the cause of the accident and made no immediate arrests.

Seven Los Angeles Fire Department emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene, said spokesman Devin Gales. Traffic around the intersection, close to the Veterans Administration and other federal buildings as well as UCLA, shut down a portion of Santa Monica Boulevard and tied up traffic on surrounding streets into the afternoon.

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-- Carla Rivera

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