LA Mayor Garcetti Visits Woman in Hospital After Crash

The mayor says he was on the phone and did not witness the crash on Tuesday.

By Jason Kandel
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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LA Mayor in Car That Hit Pedestrian

NBC4's Kenny Holmes

An unmarked Los Angeles police vehicle is towed from the scene of a crash on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Mayor Eric Garcetti was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle when it struck a pedestrian in downtown Los Angeles.

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Woman Recovering After LAPD Car Crash

A woman was recovering in the hospital after she was struck by an unmarked LAPD car that was carrying Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

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An investigation is underway in a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle carrying Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Kathy Vara reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was a passenger in a police vehicle that struck a pedestrian on Tuesday, visited the woman in the hospital on Wednesday.

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"I had the pleasure of meeting Juliet Nicolas this morning at L.A. County-USC Medical Center,'' Garcetti said. "We had a nice conversation and I am very pleased that she is in good spirits. I wish her a speedy recovery."

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The 60-year-old woman, who was not seriously hurt, could be released from the hospital later Wednesday.

According to the mayor's office, the vehicle -- a black SUV traditionally used to transport the mayor -- was being driven east on Second Street near Spring Street when it struck the woman about 12:20 p.m.

The mayor, who was returning to City Hall, was on the phone with a reporter about a story and did not see her get hit, according to his office.

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