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97-year-old pedestrian dies following El Sereno crash

Pedestrian killed in El Sereno at Huntington Drive and Monterey Road

EL SERENO — An elderly man died after he crossed an intersection despite a flashing “Do Not Walk” sign and was hit by a pickup truck on Friday night, police said.

97-year-old Ba Van Tran — a widower survived by six adult children – died on Saturday morning from his injuries, according to a statement released by the LAPD.

Tran was struck while crossing at Huntington Drive and Monterey Road at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. Here, according to LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives, is a rundown of what happened:

“A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Truck was driving southbound Monterey Road approaching Huntington Drive North. The driver had a green phase tri-light and had the right-of- way. Per witnesses at scene, 97-year old pedestrian Ba Van Tran, a Vietnamese male, stepped into the cross-walk from the north east corner of the intersection, and began to walk to the north west corner against the “Do Not Walk” signal. As Tran was walking westbound in the cross-walk, he was almost struck by vehicles travelling northbound, tragically the driver of the Silverado did not see Tran in time, and collided with Tran as he was braking.”

Tran was transported to a hospital with head and other injuries.

The driver of the Silverado and others remained at the scene to assist the victim. “There were no indications of intoxicants involved in the crash,” police said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Campos at (213) 486-0755 or Officer Poss at (213) 486-0760 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 388-3746.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877- LAPD-24- 7 (877-527- 3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (800-222- 8477).

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