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Fatal Accident on 5th

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at 12:17PM

Ed Fuentes was at Pershing Square when he heard sirens, and calls in this report of a deadly bus accident on 5th street.

The fatality has been confirmed as a 35 year old hispanic female. Preliminary reports are that she stepped away from the curb against the red light and was struck by a bus turning right onto 5th. Paramedics declared her dead on the scene.

Closures affect 5th between Main and Broadway, and Spring between 4th and 6th. Police expect those blocks to be closed off for most of the day.

It's easy for us to complain about the way LAPD writes jaywalking tickets Downtown, but this is a sobering reminder of why they do what they do. Most fatal accidents Downtown involve a jaywalking pedestrian. That's the point Captain Andy Smith is making to media on the scene right now.

Updated at 12:30pm and 12:37pm.

First report was:

Ed just called in with a report of a bus accident on 5th street between Spring and Broadway, with a possible fatality. Traffic diversions are being set up. Ed will be updating this report with more details as he gets back to a computer.

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