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Two Dead, Two Injured in Car-Pedestrian Collision in Los Angeles

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According to the Los Angeles Times, two pedestrians died after being struck by a vehicle in Echo Park, Los Angeles, on Sunday morning.

“An incredibly dangerous intersection,” says nearby resident

The fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue at around 9:00 a.m. local time. Officials say a vehicle went off the road, crashing into a fire hydrant and a light post before striking three pedestrians on the sidewalk.

The Los Angeles Times reports that two of the female pedestrians instantly died in the collision. The third pedestrian received treatment at a hospital in critical condition. After being extricated from his car, the male driver received treatment for critical injuries at a local hospital.

Officials are unsure of the cause of the fatal crash, but the investigation is ongoing into whether speed or alcohol played a role.

Residents in the area told The Los Angeles Times that a serious accident occurs at the intersection every few months. According to one resident, the bend near the crash site is notoriously dangerous.

Pedestrian-related Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 90 percent of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved single vehicles.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014.
  • 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.

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