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Man in Wheelchair Dies After Being Struck by Driver in Culver City

The 70-year-old man was attempting to cross the street at Sawtelle Boulevard and McDonald Street when the accident happened.

A 70-year-old man in a wheelchair who was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the road in Culver City Tuesday afternoon has died.

Sgt. Sims of the Culver City Police Department told Patch the accident occurred at approximately 3:48 p.m., when a vehicle traveling south on Sawtelle Boulevard approaching McDonald Street struck a man in a wheelchair who was attempting to cross Sawtelle.

The man was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center but passed away shortly thereafter as a result of his injuries.

The Culver City Police Traffic Department Bureau is currently investigating the incident.

Patch will bring you more details as they become available.

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concerned December 05, 2012 at 10:16 AM
The city made a half hearted attempt to make crossing sawtelle safer to cross. But in that attempt they made another dangerous situation. Sawtelle is to dark at night . The stop sign is on the darkest corner of the street. It doesn't look like the city engineer did his homework . What's going to happen when the the car with a family stops at that dark stop sign on a Friday or Saturday night and some drunk from the corner bar runs into the back of them . Come on City lets get some light on sawtelle and do this right.
CulverCityNative December 05, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Yep... Not the way this should have been handled. My thoughts here: http://culvercity.patch.com/blog_posts/stop-signs-more-stop-signs
CulverCityNative December 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
"would rather risk a ticket" Well then, knowing CCPD, I'm sure you did (or would have, if you did not identify yourself as an officer) get a citation. I've seen them write cyclists on the sidewalk. I've witnessed a motor officer RIDE UP ONTO the sidewalk (Sepulveda at Washington Blvd.) in order to stop a cyclist. Once the officer was done he continued 1/2 a block ON THE SIDEWALK, and exited back onto the street at the alley for Johnnie's Pastrami. Sooooo, the cyclist was trying not to get killed riding on Sepulveda, and the officer thought it was important to stop him for this, but then felt it was fine to ride nearly 100 yards down the side walk? I guess it really shouldn't surprise me, not form CCPD motors. And yes, "lying in wait", hidden in a side street, radar gun in hand, is entrapment in my mind. Hey, if you want to slow people down, "cruise" or "special patrol" the area, be visible, not hidden, or park a "unit" so it is visible to motorists. That'll slow people down. Hiding to write a few tickets isn't serving the public, its making money for the department and the city.
concerned December 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
As a early teen I was ticketed for riding on the sidewalk on Sawtelle. Funny how you were pulled over and made small talk with the officer and I was ticketed . We both broke the same law but I guess because I was a teen I was automatically guilty and ticketed. And just to clarify I was respectful to the officer because that's how I was raised.
CulverCityNative December 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
"I was appalled to drive by and see no one comforting the man" Did you read your own sentence? YOU were Appalled when YOU drove BY? LOL!

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