Porsche fatally runs over homeless man sleeping on Silver Lake sidewalk [updated]

Silver Lake —  A homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk was killed this afternoon after he was run over by a Porsche Carrera that was involved in a chain-reaction crash, police said.

The crash took place at about 1:21 pm, when the driver of the red Porsche heading northbound near the Coronado Street underpass at the 101 Freeway lost control of his sports car, said LAPD spokesman Jeff Lee. The Porsche hit a Mazda and then a parked van before jumping on to the sidewalk where it landed on a man.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was described as a white male in his 50s. His identity has not been released pending notification of his next of kin.

Police at the scene were inspecting the damaged car, which came to a stop on the sidewalk just to the north of the underpass near a homeless encampment. There were pieces of a broken stroller and items near the crash scene.

The driver of the Porsche remained at the scene.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the speed of the Porsche was a factor due to possible mechanical failure, according to a statement issued by detectives at the LAPD Central Traffic Division.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information concerning either of the collisions is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213)
833-3713 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746.

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  1. I know who the victim is. I saw the man yesterday afternoon. I live in
    The neighborhood. Older slight white guy. Lived on west side of steer
    He was brushing his teeth near the gutter Assholes driving their cars
    Way too fast. Guy should but will not get time

    • Ghost, don’t knee-jerk react into blaming speeding drivers. The story specifically says the car might have been going too fast due to a mechanical failure, not because the driver was a speeder:

      “The preliminary investigation revealed that the speed of the Porsche was a factor due to possible mechanical failure, according to a statement issued by detectives at the LAPD Central Traffic Division.”

      There have been recalls of other cars for problems of sudden speeding that the driver’s could not stop, and so perhaps that is what this was.

      • Tom, the car in question looks like a circa 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo. (You can see a hint of its iconic whale tail spoiler in the photo.)

        If the Porsche 911 Turbos of this era would have had problems with sudden acceleration, surely the world would have found out about it over the past 35 years.

        What Porsche 911 Turbos of this era do have are 300 bhp engines mounted directly over the rear axle which can cause snap oversteer in the hands of an inexperienced driver.

  2. Dorit Dowler-Guerrero

    I have been interacting with this encampment for about a year now. I stopped by this evening to see how everyone was. Shooken up, but cleaning up the area. They will all be staying there because they have nowhere else to go. None of them want to live on the streets but thuy have no other options.

  3. This is so very sad! I drive on Silver Lake Blvd every day, and often see homeless folks in the middle of the street near Sunset and also the 101. It’s so necessary to be careful around these encampments. More than once, I’ve stopped, moved as close as i can to the middle of the street and put on my emergency flashers to let other cars know to stop until the person can safely get out of the street. I realize the situation described in the story is in a different place, but the circumstances are similar – accidents just waiting to happen. So sorry for the death and the ones who had to witness it. They are family. These encampments are most everywhere now, and we all need to be very careful until some sort of safe haven is found for them.

    • Sandy, thank you for being a model of kindness and compassion during these ugly times. We get to read the ugly comments far too often.

    • used to live there before all the changes. thanks, sister for your compassion–hope it’s contagious. god bless, and housing, powers-that-be! may be back. peace.

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