Pedestrian struck and killed in traffic near USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights


BOYLE HEIGHTS — A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday evening near the L.A. County-USC Medical Center as police say they are focusing on a rising number of pedestrian fatalities.

Carlos Theodore, 41, was crossing Marengo Street by Cummings Street at an unmarked crosswalk. The vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Caravan, was traveling westbound on the number 2 lane. The driver stopped and stayed at the scene.

Police say no drugs or alcohol were involved, and speed does not appear to have been an issue. No charges have been filed, pending an investigation by the District Attorney. The driver’s name has not been released.

The pedestrian, who suffered severe head injuries, died after being transported to the hospital, said Officer Juan Mendoza.

Pedestrian fatalities across the United States rose sharply in 2015, totaling 5,376 – a 9.5 percent rise over the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the nationwide total for 2016 is not yet available, Det. Felix Padilla of LAPD’s Central Traffic Division said the Central Bureau saw 34 fatalities last year – a significant number, he said.

“When crossing the street, really make sure you’re being seen,” Padilla said, noting Theodore was struck at 6:15 p.m., when the sky was dark. “You cross the street lane by lane.”

Though distractions such as cell phones and texting may help explain the rise in pedestrian deaths nationwide, they do not appear to have been a factor in this incident, Padilla said.

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  1. My condolences to the man’s family. Thanks to the driver who did not hit and run. What a shame for everyone concerned.

    • You are thanking the driver who killed a pedestrian crossing in an crosswalk (unmarked, but still a crosswalk)? You should be asking why he/she failed to see the pedestrian in front of them. I realize staying at the scene is better than hit and run, but we should still be challenging this driver’s account of what happened.

  2. This street always has people crossing on unmarked path ways good deed by driver but it is sad , this is a problem where you see even nurses cross the street on unmarked path ways i drive thru here almost everyday the pedstria s need to pay attention if they are going to j walk

  3. Suddenly last year pedestrian fatalities surge. And you mention only cell phones and texting? One significant thing that happened last year was Pokemon! And it came with lots of reports of pedestrians blundering around paying no attention, even often wandering out in traffic without paying any attention.

    With Pokemon so precisely syncing with the the surge is accidents involving pedestrians, I have to suspect it played a significant role in that surge. But no, there is no information here to suggest it had anything to do with this accident.

    I note, just to make it clear, by law a crosswalk is just as much a crosswalk whether marked or not. By law, any intersection is a legal crosswalk unless otherwise posted. So, this pedestrian appears to have been in a legal crosswalk, although it apparently was not a marked one. People crossing at such locations are not doing anything wrong, but yes, whether marked or not, be very alert, even though you have the right of way.

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