Pedestrian fatally struck by hit-and-run driver on 101 Freeway in Hollywood; all lanes reopened

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Friday, October 6, 2023
Pedestrian fatally struck on 101 Freeway in Hollywood; SB lanes closed
A pedestrian was struck and killed on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood, prompting the closure of all southbound lanes at the scene, authorities said.

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A pedestrian died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood on Friday morning, prompting the hourslong closure of all southbound lanes at the scene, authorities said.

A SigAlert was issued after the collision was reported about 4:40 a.m. near Vermont Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The pedestrian was hit by the vehicle while walking in lanes on the freeway, resulting in fatal injuries, the CHP said.

"After the collision, the driver continued driving and fled the scene," the Highway Patrol said in a statement. "Alcohol or drug use by the pedestrian is still under investigation."

A description of the vehicle involved was not available. The victim was not immediately identified.

All southbound traffic was initially diverted at Vermont Avenue as authorities conducted an investigation; motorists were later diverted at Melrose Avenue. Video from AIR7 HD showed CHP investigators with flashlights scouring the lanes for evidence in the predawn hour.

The southbound side of the freeway was backed up for miles as the morning commute got underway.

All lanes were reopened shortly after 10:30 a.m.

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