A car struck a pedestrian on Echo Park Avenue this morning, prompting the closure of the street as officers conduct an investigation. Police declined to provide any details about the incident but a black sedan with a shattered windshield was in the middle of the northbound traffic lane on Echo Park Avenue north of Lucretia Avenue. One Eastsider reader said the accident took place at about 9:30 a.m. Echo Park avenue had been blocked off between Lucretia Avenue on the south and Effie Street on the north.
* Update @ 4:41 p.m.: The victim died in a hospital following surgery at about 11 a.m, said Officer Karen Rayner with the LAPD. The man, who residents say lived near the accident scene, was walking east across Echo Park Avenue when he was struck by the northbound vehicle, according to an officer. Echo Park Avenue was reopened after being shut down for more than three hours.