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News Release

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Collision with Tractor-Trailer Kills Pedestrian NR11139kr

Los Angeles: A 63-year-old resident of Los Angeles was killed Wednesday morning while crossing the street after being hit by a tractor trailer rig.

On Wednesday March 30, 2011,at about 10:40 a.m., Kelly Shimizu was walking westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard at Cotner Avenue,in a marked crosswalk. A 64-year-old driver and resident of Whittier was driving a 1990 Volvo tractor with a double trailer westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard, making a right turn to northbound Cotner Avenue.  As the driver made the turn one of the trailers struck and killed Shimizu.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced Shimizu dead at scene.

Investigators do not believe there was any crime involved; there was no evidence of alcohol or drug intoxication. The collision appears to be a tragic accident.

Anyone with information about this incident, please contact LAPD, West Traffic Detective Section, Detective Hernandez at 213-473-0222. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.