Woman Struck and Killed by Car While Crossing Street in Van Nuys

The woman is fatally injured about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday at Haskell Avenue and Leadwell Street.

By City News Service

A woman in her 70s was killed when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street in Van Nuys, authorities said Wednesday.

The woman was fatally injured about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday at Haskell Avenue and Leadwell Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Wendy Reyes of the Media Relations Section. Authorities withheld her name, pending notification of her relatives.

According to a preliminary investigation, the woman was walking west across Haskell Avenue at Leadwell Street in an unmarked crosswalk, and a southbound vehicle stopped for her, Reyes said. However another southbound vehicle that was in the No. 2 lane hit her, Reyes said.

Both motorists remained at the scene and were interviewed by police. There were no arrests, Reyes said.

Jay Beeber January 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM
This is tragic and it happens more often than you might think. It even has a name - multiple threat. It happens when the view of the pedestrian is hidden by the car that has stopped and the car in the next lane over doesn't see that there is someone trying to cross the street. Even though the pedestrian has the right of way, you can't be sure other approaching cars will see you. If you are ever crossing the street, in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, and a car in one lane stops for you, never assume the cars in the next lane over will see you and stop. Always stop and peer around the the car you are crossing in front of to make sure there's no car approaching in the next lane. If there is a car approaching, make sure they see you by making eye contact with the driver and be sure they are going to stop before you proceed. Hopefully this advice will save someone's life.


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