Woman Killed in Atwater Village Pedestrian Accident on 5 Freeway near Hyperion Avenue

Atwater Village Pedestrian Accident
Los Angeles, CA: Pedestrian Killed in Crash Involving 2 Vehicles on 5 Freeway in Atwater Village

Los Angeles, California (August 18, 2021) – A female pedestrian died early Wednesday morning following a traffic crash involving a civilian vehicle and a police car in the Atwater Village neighborhood in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The deadly accident happened just before 3:00 a.m. on the southbound side of the 5 Freeway near Hyperion Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

CHP said a 40-year-old woman was walking across the southbound lanes of the freeway when a 2019 Dodge Durango struck her.

A police vehicle was also involved in the crash.

Pedestrian Hit, Killed in Traffic Crash in Los Angeles

The pedestrian, whose name was being withheld pending family notification, was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the Durango stopped at the scene and cooperated with the police. Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor on the part of the driver.

Authorities shut down three southbound lanes of the freeway for more than an hour while they conduct an investigation.

Further details regarding the accident were not immediately provided.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information or who witnessed the accident is asked to call the authorities at (323) 259-3200.

Notable Pedestrian Accident Statistics According to the California Office of Traffic Safety:

  • 893 pedestrians were killed, and more than 14,000 were injured on California roadways in 2018.
  • California’s pedestrian fatality is almost 25% higher than the national average.
  • California is among the leading states in pedestrian deaths.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Make yourself visible to other road users by wearing bright colored clothes, reflector jackets, or using a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Avoid distractions such as using your phone while on the streets.
  • Cross streets on marked crosswalks and obey traffic lights.
  • Always pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Be predictable by observing all traffic rules and obeying signs and signals.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Look out for pedestrians, particularly in hard-to-see conditions, for example, at night and in bad weather.
  • Yield and be ready to stop whenever a pedestrian has the right-of-way.
  • Be cautious when parking or backing up – pedestrians can move across your path.
  • Observe all traffic rules.