WATCH: Vehicle Fatally Strikes Senior Citizen Near Target on Cerritos-Lakewood Border

The accident was reported about 5:45 p.m. on Del Amo Boulevard, near Bloomfield Avenue, officials said.

Editor's Note: Updated at 11:30 p.m. with additional details of the accident.

An elderly woman was struck and killed Sunday while crossing a street near Target on the Cerritos-Lakewood border.

The accident was reported on Del Amo Boulevard, near Bloomfield Avenue, about 5:45 p.m. Dec. 23, according to Lakewood Sheriff's Station Sgt. Daniel Vizcarra.

Alcohol or drug impairment do not seem to be a factor in the crash, the sergeant told Patch.

"It was just a complete accident," added Lt. Alicia Malone of the Lakewood Sheriff's Station.

The woman walked in the crosswalk in front of a car that had the green light, whose driver did not see her. The woman was struck and was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries, the lieutenant said.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene, Malone said. A witness at the scene described the car as a Ford Crown Victoria.

There were two buses at the curb on the other side of the street, so the woman may have been trying to get to one of them when she was struck, Malone said.

The field investigation was completed but the case is not yet closed, she said.

The victim's identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Southbound traffic on Bloomfield Avenue was blocked off for more than two hours as traffic investigators completed their investigation.

- City News Service contributed to a portion of this report.

Mike Donald December 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Classy "Crime Report Marie Sam", real classy. You send out a email with someone getting killed on Xmas Eve? No shame. Going for a "hit-bonus" from AOL? Shocking, what is next? Probably can't top this....
MarieSam Sanchez December 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Mike Donald, I don't look at holidays as the precursor to what is considered news. Sadly this woman's life was lost two days before Christmas and for her family, I'm sure it is a somber holiday. Breaking news doesn't pick and choose when it's going to happen, does it in your world? In looking at your year's worth of comments on the site, what I wish for you this Christmas is that you find happiness in your own life to where you don't feel the need to deduce yourself to hiding behind an internet name and jabbing at others. Really, life is so much better when you're truly happy. Best wishes to you and yours!
Marie Ford December 24, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thanks for reporting the story, my son uses this intersection while in route to school and this is a reminder to be careful. This is a sad story to report around the holidays, unfortunately, this is reality! My prayers are with the family!
MarieSam Sanchez December 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Marie, my daughter uses this intersection when walking to Target with her friends too. I'm glad you found this story helpful, it's tough to have to report on something so tragic right before the holiday, but I think it's really important that pedestrians and motorists are reminded to be alert and aware of each other especially at night when visibility is already difficult!


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