Pedestrian struck and killed on Pacific Coast Highway
A 23-year-old man, apparently a new year’s party-goer, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway early Tuesday morning, police said.
The victim was walking along the southbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway near Temescal Canyon Road shortly before 3 a.m., said Officer Virgil Castor.
The man was wearing a wristband — of the sort indicating attendance at a party — and appeared to be intoxicated, Castor said. He wandered out onto the roadway in the path of a white sedan.
The car was driven by an unlicensed driver returning home from work, who was not intoxicated, police said. The driver was questioned by police and released.
“The driver of the car really didn’t have much of a chance to react,” Castor said.
Witnesses reported the accident to police investigating another accident nearby. Police shut off both lanes of traffic on Pacific Coast Highway. The road reopened shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Police have not released the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.
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-- Eryn Brown
Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.