Pedestrian Struck by Amtrak Surfliner, Detective Search for Witnesses NR11213SF

May 9, 2011

Los Angeles: On Saturday, May 7th, at around 9:05 p.m., a pedestrian walking along the train tracks near the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Nordhoff Street was struck by an Amtrak Surfliner that was traveling south from the City of Goleta to Los Angeles.  

Christopher Vazquez, a 27-year-old resident from Sun Valley, was pronounced dead at scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.  

Detectives from Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help and are searching for possible witnesses to the collision.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact to Valley Traffic Division Investigators Officer Larkin at 818-644-8036, or Detective Bustos at 818-644-8021.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 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.