Sheriffs continued Sunday to investigate a crash that left one man dead and a woman hospitalized in Malibu.
A man and woman in their 20s were hit by a car Saturday evening on the Pacific Coast Highway near El Matador Beach. The woman was airlifted to a hospital and the man was pronounced dead on the scene. No arrests have been made following the crash, authorities said.
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The crash was at one of several small beaches owned by the state and sandwiched between multi-million dollar estates west of Trancas. Along this stretch, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour with long straightaway's.
But on hot inland days, PCH traffic can be jammed with slow vehicles making parallel parking maneuvers, and people walking in traffic lanes or crossing them to reach the string of beaches.
Social media and internet guides to the "secret" beaches have prompted increased crowds this year, deputies said, on a stretch of highway with narrow shoulders, no walkways and fast traffic.
All lanes of PCH were closed at El Matador State Beach Saturday evening.
The California Department of Transportation controls Highway 1 in Malibu, and officials there have said the 55 mph speed limit is the lowest it can go, due to a state law aimed at preventing radar speed traps.
City News Service contributed to this report.