Santa Monica: Scooter Rider Walter James Killed in Crash
Posted on Apr 10, 2014
At about 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 30-year-old Walter James, of Highland Park, was killed in a crash in Santa Monica, reported the Los Angeles Times. While riding a dark-colored 2013 Taotao scooter eastbound on Pico Boulevard, James collided with a Santa Monica police officer’s patrol car that was heading northbound on 4th Street. James sustained fatal trauma in the accident. The officer suffered moderate injuries. Authorities have not yet determined who had the green light at the intersection or whether the officer was responding to a call at the time of the crash.
In 2011, the most recent year for which California Office of Traffic Safety crash data is available, 759 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Santa Monica. Santa Monica ranked the 2nd worst in the state out of 102 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. It ranked the worst for pedestrian accidents, collisions that occurred between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., and accidents involving hit-and-run.
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All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Walter James.