West Hollywood Bus Crash Kills 81-Year-Old Man

One man was killed and another was hospitalized in critical condition after the crash on Santa Monica Boulevard

By Jane Yamamoto and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:59 AM PDT
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West Hollywood Bus Crash Kills 81-Year-Old Man

A Metro bus at the site of a deadly crash Feb. 5, 2013 in West Hollywood.

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An 81-year-old man was killed and 50-year-old man remains in critical condition Tuesday morning after a crash involving a Metro bus on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

The two men were "somewhere between the center median and south sidewalk" at a crosswalk Monday night near Palm Avenue (map), said Lt. Sergio Aloma, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The crossing is not controlled by a traffic light.

"We're trying to determine who had right-of-way," said Aloma.

A preliminary investigation suggests speed was not a factor, Aloma said. Investigators are attempting to determine whether the men were in the crosswalk.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's received the report at 11:41 p.m. The bus was eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard. The victims -- crossing from north to south -- were in or near a grassy center median, Aloma said.

The bus' windshield was cracked, but Aloma said it was not immediately clear whether the damage was connected to the crash.

A one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard was closed between San Vicente Boulevard and Hancock Avenue during the investigation. The road reopened at about 6 a.m.
 

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