FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2014
Contact: Rudy Camarena, Sergeant
On August 22, 2014, at approximately 11:55 A.M. Santa Monica Police Department responded to the report of a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a stake bed, landscaping truck collided with a pedestrian in the walkway, west of Crescent Bay Park/Lot 4 South (2030 Ocean Avenue). The pedestrian sustained major trauma to her upper body and head.
The investigation revealed that the driver of the commercial landscaping services truck and a sub-contractor for the City of Santa Monica was backing up when he felt the truck sway. The driver got out to examine the cause and discovered the victim. The victim, Janet Kathleen Watson Lilliott (F/W/ 62) was a West Coast Care volunteer who provided outreach services to the homeless in the City of Santa Monica. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced her dead at the scene.
The Santa Monica Police Department, Major Accident Response Team, along with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office is conducting a full investigation.
For further information contact Traffic Collision Investigator Jason Olson at 310-458-8954 or Sergeant Phillbo Rubish at 310-458-8950.