FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE
August 16, 2013
Contact: Richard Lewis, Lieutenant
On August 16, 2013, at 12:40 p.m. the Santa Monica Police Department responded to Parking Structure 7 located at 1502 4th Street regarding a collision involving a vehicle and two pedestrians.
The initial investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, an adult female, entered the parking structure, using the Broadway entrance and pulled just past the ticket booth. As she stopped and attempted to reach back to retrieve a ticket, her foot came off the brake, causing the vehicle to roll forward. The driver tried to reapply the brake and depressed the accelerator instead, accelerating into the parking garage towards a ground floor elevator. The victims were standing in front of the elevator with other family members and were not able to move before being struck by the oncoming vehicle.
Both victims, one male 67 years old and one female, 24 years old, suffered critical injuries to their legs after being pinned against the elevator and adjacent wall. The female victim also suffered a head injury. Both were transported to a local trauma center to be treated for their injuries. The driver is cooperating with the investigation and also suffered moderate injuries as a result of the collision.
The Santa Monica Police Department is continuing to investigate the cause of the collision and anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954; Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at (310) 458-8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.
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