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Pedestrian Killed on PCH

A 23-year-old man is hit by a car in Pacific Palisades and pronounced dead at the scene early on New Year's day.

A man was stuck and killed as he walked along the southbound lane of Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu early Tuesday, according to police.

The 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kara Nightingale told City News Service.

His identity had not been released pending notification of family, she said. The crash occurred at about 2:15 a.m., and closed the state highway in both directions.

Traffic was detoured via Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road, according to Nightingale. PCH was expected to reopen at about 8 a.m. she told CNS.

The driver of the vehicle, a white sedan, was not injured or booked. "This was simply an unfortunate accident," the officer said.

Paul Grisanti January 02, 2013 at 06:28 PM
If the Buyer was unlicensed, I join you in your lack of comprehension. Where did you obtain that information?
Bern January 02, 2013 at 07:00 PM
God bless the poor young man and sincere condolences to his family, I have a son the same age. When are we going to demand that something be done about the fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists on the PCH. It happens every few weeks and we just accept it. We have to demand that something is done about it. I have seen some poor souls walking that stretch of road near the Palisades at night and thought to myself they are risking their lives. The city of Los Angeles cannot sit idly by whilst pedestirans are killed on this stretch of PCH, a stretch where they have not provided adequate pedestrian walkways.Shame on the city for not caring enough about the safety of its citizens.
Hans Laetz January 02, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Well, Mr. Shane, our City of Malibu has agreed with Agoura Hills, Calabasas and the other cities in our region to split up the Measure R highways funds this way: Ls Virgenes/Malibu subregion expenditures: Freeway improvements (carpool lane and new overpasses on US 101): $253 million. PCH improvements: $0. MTA did agree to pay to reline the Kanan Dume and Malibu Canyon tunnels, for safety. Of course, neither of those are wide enough for bikes or sidewalks. There is $1 million proposed for 2017 for a bikeway of some sort at the north end of the current bikeway. That might pay for one intersection widening. Newsflash rom Agoura Hills: the city council there just rejected its third helping of Measure R money, this one to widen the Cheseboro Road bridge over US 101. The residents there don't want the road widened. Agoura Hills is pushing away from the table, and Our Fair City is struggling with studies and panels and recommendations. And the most-dangerous part of PCH, near Topanga and Chatauqua, is completely ignored by LA and Caltrans.
John January 02, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Yah Bill, he must have been a Mexican, right? Great point!
TT January 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM
very SIMPLE DON'T WALK OR RIGHT YOUR BIKE ON A HWY!!!!
Hans Laetz January 02, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Zoe, where di you get that the driver was unlicensed? The police did -NOT- say the driver was unlicensed, and -DID- say he was not cited. The man who was killed was drunk, leaving a party on Tahiti Avenue and had been staggering on the side of PCH, according to the Palisadian Post. There is no space between the guardrail and traffic lanes along PCH (AKA the "California Coastal Trail") in part of this stretch, and there is no space on the other side of the guardrail to walk (or stagger) either.
zoe January 03, 2013 at 05:56 AM
i can't understand why people are sticking up for unlicensed drivers. does anyone have to follow the law? unlicensed drivers are breaking the law, likely do not have insurance, and are a danger to everyone. there is a reason why drivers need licenses: so that they can be tested (at least a little) to make sure they know how to drive (e.g., know the gas from the break, know how to avoid something in the road, etc.). also, a license is a way to figure out who someone is and penalize them for driving incorrectly (a suspended or revoked license). for cite -- see la times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/pedestrian-struck-and-killed-on-pacific-coast-highway.html "The car was driven by an unlicensed driver returning home from work, who was not intoxicated, police said. The driver was questioned by police and released."
Glenn E Grab January 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM
booze was the problem, not the absence of a driver's license....
Glenn E Grab January 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM
your son wouldn't have been staggering drunkenly down PCH at 2:15 AM....but, you're right, PCH is really unsafe for walkers or bicycles at any time....I ride daily, there's no way I'd ride on PCH....if it's crowded on a major street like Washington or Venice I ride on the sidewalk...carefully, though....I give walkers the right of way...
Glenn E Grab January 03, 2013 at 06:24 PM
how about booze?.... that was the cause of this death,,,,
Hans Laetz January 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Ah, I see your point. I hope you see mine: (1) The people of California prohibit illegal aliens from getting drivers licenses, (2) The people of California then build an economy that depends on cheap labor to feed us, to work our undesirable jobs (going home from work at 2:15 a.m.) (3) Then, some people demand a pound of flesh from otherwise-innocent people feeding their families, who are in the wrong place when a drunk walks in front of their car? You ask for them to be punished because we have set up a law that they cannot comply with. You demand a pound of flesh for a misdemeanor. I will stand up for them. I do not expect for you to change your mind. But times are changing, reality is reality. These people are here and not going away -- our economy would (further) collapse.
JKing January 03, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Wow to all of the comments above-shame on you for using this as a forum to be rude and disrespectful! I work with this young man's mother! An amazing sacrificing been to hell and back woman! How dare you all pass judgement the way you are! The young man should be commended for walking instead of driving drunk -IF he was drunk! That has not been determined! Instead of pissing and moaning on here-take your butts to a city council meeting. This younger lost his life-has siblings -has a wonderful mother who is very loved! We are all on the East Coast and are struggling because we want to be with her and we can't! Another person will always 2nd guess his choice and live with that horrible image forever! This is a tragic accident. Please pray-go talk to your council members and stop passing judgement on people you don't know! Thanks!
Morgan January 04, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Well I know the mother of the 23 year old and very close to his aunts. I can tell you they are devastated by the death of this young man. Something should be done about the highway so fatalities like this can be prevented. The unlicensed driver should be dealt with too!!!
Morgan January 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Well I know the mother of the 23 year old and very close to his aunts. I can tell you they are devastated by the death of this young man. Something should be done about the highway so fatalities like this can be prevented. The unlicensed driver should be dealt with too!!!
Marie Grace January 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I know the family of the victim and can tell you they are devastated. Something should be done about the highway to prevent fatalities in the near future.
Rose January 04, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Thank you for speaking on behalf of the mother. I can only imagine her pain. She is in all our prayers as well as the rest of the family. Please continue to pray for her. Very sad...such a loss.
rose January 04, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Thank you for speaking on behalf of the mother. I can only imagine her pain. She is in all our prayers as well as the rest of the family. Please continue to pray for her. Very sad...such a loss.
Hans Laetz January 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
We here in Malibu have our own share of hazards, dangers and stupid design features on PCH. This crash happened one mile east of the Malibu City Limits, within the City of Los Angeles. That does not absolve the Malibu municipality, as that stretch of deeathtrap is the primary access to our city. PCH is a 1947 rural highway design. The patchwork of agencies that control it have all but given up on it, and all involved pass the responsibility to Caltrans: a fumbling, bloated state agency whose left and right hands do not know what the other is doing. The section of PCH where this fatality occurred, and where others have and will again occur, was last improved in 1964. Caltrans is happy with that. My condolences to the family. Even an intoxicated person, if so, has a right to a safe place to walk along a highway. Our state failed to provide that.
john simmons January 04, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I agree with you glen. Being a current unlicensed driver because of a "glitch" with the DMV records from a DUI from 1999, I have been forced to drive without a license before. People that think the charges for an accident that an unlicensed driver is involved should go on that party even if its not their faults are idiots! If someone is doing something that puts them in the path of danger and they get hurt doing it then its their own fault. That unlicensed driver may have the same issues I have with getting his licence back. It doesn't mean he should be charged with murder because the city can't get their act together and build a more pedestrian friendly roadway! Don't be so quick to judge! I can't imagine how the guy that hit this person must be feeling right now! The memory of what happened is punishment enough! He would have been right where he was even if he had a licence. A stupid piece of paper, or rather the lack of doesn't mean automatically guilty.
Elizabeth Andkylie January 04, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Jeez people, an unlicensed driver can take a friggin bus. If you don't have insurance, you should not be driving a car. If there's no way to get a license, walk, take the bus, or go back to your country of origin. Driving in a different country without a license is not a right. Unless the young man was running in the middle of the street, there's no reason why he should be run over- whether he was staggering home or not, drunk or not, 2 am or 2 pm. He was on the side of the street not zig zagging in the middle. And shame on LA and Caltrans for allowing pedestrians to be killed. Either expand the walkway or put up a sign saying that there's no walking on that side. My sympathies for the young man's loved ones.
Elizabeth Andkylie January 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I would never expect to be able to go to France or Spain, drive without a license or insurance, hit and kill someone, and be let off so easily. I don't understand why it would be okay in the US. There is no such thing as being forced to drive unless you are being kidnapped with a gun to your head. There are plenty of people who take a bus or walk. If you can't drive legally, it's time to adjust your lifestyle so you can work along bus lines, car pool routes, or get a friggin bike. It might take a bit of time to find a job within your area but driving around illegally shouldn't be an option. The guy who got the DUI in 1999, go deal with the DMV before you drive. Frankly I think everyone with a DUI should not be able to drive for a long, long, time and a second DUI should result in permanent loss of driving privileges. No one forced you to drink and drive and the person you could kill has done nothing wrong to have to pay for your irresponsibility and lack of self-control. Sit at home and drink or walk to the nearest bar. No one owes you a second chance.
Liz Lee January 05, 2013 at 07:21 PM
No matter the circumstance this 23 year old family memeber of mine was wrongfully ran over! I am sorry intoxicated or not, it's the drivers fault for hitting him!!! May God Bless Jeffrey Herle soul and may forgive the negative posts I've read!! The condition of the road had a major factor but come on now people at least he was responsible enough to walk and find a taxi than drive himself home!
Titi January 07, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Sad time... I knew Jeffrey,not in his early adult hood but when he was a toddler and up until his family moved. My mother would babysit all the time for many years. This kid would be so energetic and just make your day. I will always remember him, especially since he gave me the nickname that people still call me by.... Life is too short sometimes....
Titi January 07, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Idiots... Booze wasn't the problem... The problem was that he was killed by someone driving a car when he shouldn't be behind the wheel...
Mr. Monica January 07, 2013 at 11:45 PM
According to the photo on Google maps, there is a bike lane north of the accident scene and south of the accident scene, but not right there near Tahiti. Does anyone know if there is a sign stating that the bike lane is ending. I have a feeling that the victim thought that he was still in a bike lane, but was unfortunately in the traffic lane.
Glenn E Grab January 08, 2013 at 12:26 AM
are you kidding?... if he wasn't drunk this never would have happened
gaylord berry January 09, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Jack summoned it up best here: "You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand at post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."
john simmons January 10, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Your too much Zoe. For one thing if a persons license is suspended it means that they must have had possession of one legally at one point! Which also means that person has shown the state that they are fully capable of operating a vehicle correctly and safely! So I ask you, how does having a suspended license make anyone a more dangerous driver? If you ask me I think the government has taken the definition of "privilege" and turned it into a means of generating additional revenue at the expense of its hard working citizens. Driving is a NECESSITY not a privilege to the majority of Californian citizens. I personally drive almost an hour to work everyday. I start at 6 am. If I were forced to take public transportation I would have to leave my house at midnight to make it to work on time! Taking the people's right to earn a living away from them for unpaid traffic fines, child support, or anything excluding multiple DUI cases is not only bad for our economy, it's bad for everyone driving because unlicensed drivers can't get insurance! And if they can't pay to get their license back they won't be able to pay for an accident!!!! The punishment should fit the crime. Does someone really need to loose their job, home, and dignity because they can't pay a stupid traffic fine?
Glenn E Grab January 10, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Mr. Monica, I "have a feeling" that alcohol, not street signs. was at the root of this problem...
Glenn E Grab January 10, 2013 at 06:16 PM
correct, John, if there had been any evidence that the driver had been at fault he would have been arrested immediately....

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