Two pedestrians, a man and a woman, were hit by a car while they were walking past the Trader Joe’s parking lot on Westmount Drive, close to Santa Monica Boulevard today at roughly 3pm. Both victims were on the ground only a few feet away from the vehicle that struck them when West Hollywood Sheriffs and paramedics arrived to the scene. They were both coherent, spoke in complete sentences and appeared to have sustained some cuts and bruising. The male victim had a gash above his knee.
“I turned the corner to go to Starbucks when I saw this man and woman get hit right in front of me,” one witness, who wished to remain nameless, told WEHO TIMES. “I saw them get dragged to the middle of the street and by the time the man stopped, they were both under the front of the car. People were screaming.”
The witness said she didn’t believe the hit was intentional. She called it an accident and said the man looked confused and didn’t see the pedestrians walking in front of his car. “He wasn’t even aware that he had hit him. He just didn’t see them and kept driving. It wasn’t until people started screaming that he stopped.”
“I dialed 911 and cussed the operator out,” another witness said. “She’s asking me details about me and I’m looking at these two individuals under a car. It was awful. She told me to calm down, and then I heard the sirens, so I did calm down.”
The driver appears to be an older man who remained by his car while first responders tended to the victims. He was seen talking to police and stood back while an officer moved his car out of the way and parked it on Westmount Drive.
Six police vehicles, two paramedics and a firetruck were on the scene. Both victims were carefully lifted into the back of a paramedic vehicle and taken to a nearby hostpital.
It is not clear if the driver was arrested, taken in for questioning, or given a ride home.