The motorist who fatally struck an elderly man crossing Echo Park Avenue on Wednesday morning appears to be at fault, and the case will be presented to the District Attorney for review, said LAPD Dect. Felix Padilla with the Central Traffic Bureau. “I am going to present the case to the DA to see if they see any criminal negligence or determine …. if it was a tragic accident,” Padilla said this morning. “It appears that the motorist was at fault. For some reason he didn’t see the pedestrian in the crosswalk.”
The driver of the northbound black Audi that struck the man on Echo Park Avenue at Lucretia Avenue was not traveling at an excessive speed, Padilla said. He said there was no eyewitness accounts to show the driver was distracted using a phone.
The identity of the victim, who died Wednesday morning following surgery, has not been released by the county coroner. But some residents said the man, described as a Latino male in his 60s, lived on Echo Park Avenue near the accident.
*Update: The victim has been identified as Aurelio Polanco, 65, according to the county coroner. The victim’s family told Patch that Polanco had raised three children in Echo Park and lived in same house for three decades. He was believed to be crossing the street in the way to a Dash bus stop when he was hit.