UPDATE: Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Toddler and Mother on PCH

Photo Credit: John Schreiber
Photo Credit: John Schreiber

A 3-year-old boy and his mother were hospitalized in stable condition today after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and deputies were continuing to search for the motorist who fled the scene.

The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday in the 25500 block of PCH, between Corral Canyon Road and Puerco Canyon Road, according to Lt. Robert Wiard of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

The incident shut down PCH in both directions until about 10 p.m., sheriff's Sgt. James Braden said.

Both victims were conscious and breathing when they were airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, Braden said. The two were listed in stable condition as of Saturday afternoon.

Description of Suspect Vehicle Released

The suspect vehicle was described as "a silver or white vehicle, possibly a small SUV," said sheriff's Lt. Patrick Mathers. 

Evidence from the suspect vehicle was left at the scene.

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

Hans Laetz July 27, 2013 at 03:38 PM
So some beacons of truth say PCH was designed as a 65 mph freeway in 1946 and should remain a highway. Others, obviously ego-driven whiners, believe the carnage has to stop and that the road design must be dragged out of the 1940s to discourage speeding, move unsafe parking, and eliminate pedestrian whack-a-mole. So just whom is the "ego driven whiner", the person obeying the speed limit, or the Very Important Person weaving left and right, setting their own "safe" speed?
hellwood July 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM
maybe when dunkin donuts opens up, it will attract more officers to catch the unsafe drivers
hellwood July 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Hans...infuriating speeders by encouraging them to do things even more careless is irresponsible. how many times has this plan backfired just to see the speeder pass in the center or even the wrong side of PCH? Not all speeders are intelligent enough, or good enough drivers to be forced into a situation where they have to use their brain to safely pass as it is. complicating things for frustrated idiots behind the wheel doesn't seem like something a smart man like you would do. it seems more like a control freak mentality than a genuine attempt to create a safer PCH.
Hans Laetz July 27, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Twice, in 10 years, I've seen speeders take the left turn lane around me, as I motored 5-10 mph OVER the speed limit. Homicidal idiots are going to do that where ever I am. PCH is not a highway anymore, it is an urban street, and the city and Caltrans are (finally) taking steps to redesign the road. Control freak mentality? Nope. I refuse to surrender our road to homicidal idiots. I don't use traffic in the right lane to create a blockade, but I will not jeopardize me and my passengers by driving in the right lane at all times, while driving with the flow faster than the posted speed. Just got back from 3500 miles on rural roads in Turkey, where drivers set their own rules, like you advocate. Highest highway death toll in Europe. No thank you.
Cathy Wood July 27, 2013 at 04:29 PM
For starters we need pedestrian overpasses and maybe the business and the Mobile Home parks need to pay for them. When Beau Rivage turns over to new ownership it will also increase the numbers of people who will cross back and forth across PCH. If we start adding too many stop lights or challenging slow drivers trying to be safer who ultimately can cause someone going the legal speed limit to suddenly find themselves in the trunk of a car going 15-25 mph, that is not a solution either. The California incline overpass proves my point! Between Caltrans, the city of Malibu and all the business on the landside of PCH who benefit monetarily there should be enough money to build one or two pedestrian overpasses, until then be prepared for more accidents that surely could have been avoided.
Barrie Livingstone July 27, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Cathy you are so right although i believe its the believe it should be state and federal monies used. even a tunnel like on west channel. It should not be acceptable that we are all put in danger because the city is not pressuring the state to make a plan
Lorelei Shark July 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM
There needs to be at least one pedestrian activated flashing light, to safely halt traffic, facilitating safe crossing of PCH. These lights save lives. They can be programmed not to occur more than once every 2 to 3 minutes, to avoid constant interference with the flow of traffic and they only activate when pushed. There is NO crossing between Corral Canyon and John Tyler. That's just about 2 miles of road. However, there is Malibu Seafood, the trailer park and bus stops along that stretch. The residents of the trailer park as well as visitors parking on PCH, run across to Blocker beach with no lights nor stop signs. Housekeepers bus in to work along that 2 mile stretch and have to run for their lives, across a highway, to get to work. How about residents along PCH and Malibu Road wishing to walk across to Malibu Seafood, or further down, to Valeries. Is it worth a life or two or three... more? It's ridiculous that a city as wealthy as Malibu cannot provide safe crossing for the people along a 2 mile stretch of highway, which is notorious for death. How many deaths and disfigurements will it take? It is far less expensive to provide safe access than to provide police, ambulances, helicopters and ancillary support required for accidents and death scenes.
Andy Lyon July 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Did anyone else see the THREE(!!!) motorcycle cops sitting together at the bottom of the hill by Ralph's yesterday ? Revenue or a safer PCH ??? It's a joke !
Ann Tomkins July 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM
I read in another article that the accident wasn't far from Corral Canyon where there is a crosswalk and light. If so, I don't think this accident could have been prevented by more crosswalks or overpasses. Perhaps better lighting at night would help but it is very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at night and far easier for pedestrians to see the cars. I don't think that we can engineer PCH to prevent this type of accident. While I think PCH can be improved, not all of the accidents are a result of bad design of the road.
Carolyn Wallace July 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM
NOTHING excuses a driver from hitting a child and patent and then driving off without stoping to help. Pedestrian initiated crossings might help but I sure see a lot of drivers ignoring them at Carbon Beach. And overpass from where to where? There's no room there, much less destruction of the view and traffic impediment for months.
Mike Curtis July 28, 2013 at 02:11 PM
More cops. The answer nobody wants to hear. The empty cop car attempt is a farce. I been here a long time, there'e always been accidents. Bad ones. I commute down PCH everyday, I see 'em all. Summer is worse because there's a higher number of distracted drivers seeming desperate for a parking spot at the beach. Here's one for you, The big SUV with the malibu plate frame and the "Safe on PCH" bumper sticker that makes a dead stop in the fast lane going south across from Malibu Playhouse. You know, in between Zuma and Pt. Dume, It then crosses the double yellow and makes a U-turn to go to the little theatre. I was going North and had to make a full drift lock up to not hit her. I was incensed so I went to the signal and turned around to go have a chat with her. When I got there, she had her kids in the car and told me to mind my own business. "Safe on PCH?" For who? There needs to be those dividers like on Zuma there. But we need more cops. Maybe bridges or tunnels would work but I gotta' believe that permitting and building those would be challenging at best.
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 02:38 PM
There is an underpass very close to the location as well as a lighted crosswalk at the signal. How do we force people to exercise personal responsibility when they refuse to utilize the existing safe access routes?
Hans Laetz July 28, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Neighbor, do we really have sufficient information to blame the victim here? Maybe this woman was merely walking down the side of the road to her car. Maybe she jumped in front of a car, kid in tow. We don't know. BUT we do know there are scant signs for the underpass, and I would not want my wife to walk there at night under any circumstances. The signal is a half mile away, and there are no sidewalks to get there or back. But really ... is it fair to blame the victim of a hit and run for a crash?
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Hans, pls don't make assumptions that I was blaming anyone. That is simply not the case. I was speaking more towards the various suggestions for "improvements" and providing facts of the existing safe alternatives for crossing PCH that really don't need to be installed every 200 ft or so clogging up traffic flow. If the victims had been on the shoulder of the highway, I'd expect that the investigation and report would have covered it and that the article include such pertinent facts. It did not, I'm going with what we know and hope that others do the same. We know that there are safe alternatives that do exist near this location. After witnessing a group of individuals teetering on the raised median trying to get to Zuma and dangerously stepping into the path of oncoming traffic yesterday, I offer that people are flat out resistant to exercise personal responsibility even within a few hundred feet of safe crossing alternatives. For those wayward few, we will never be able to construct life saving alternatives to protect them from their poor judgement. I agree that the underpass is a sketchy place for dark passage, however it can be improved and should be promoted - who is responsible for the maintenance of that access? Some comments call for the construction of overpasses, stoplights at locations where accidents occur and/or place blame on agencies. Your request to reduce traffic speed is not a quick solve either, how long (how many more injuries/deaths?) would it take to achieve what you propose? I feel we should tackle the problem with why people don't use the crosswalks and underpass - clean it up, promote it and enforce it. Not only is it the quickest method to achieve safety improvements, it is the cheapest! SMMC certainly draws revenues from the parking lot violations, they need to direct a portion of those revenues to educational signs since it appears it is recreational users that are crossing the highway more than clientele of Malibu Seafood.
Ann Tomkins July 28, 2013 at 05:13 PM
It would be nice to have more information about the accident. From what I've read from other articles, the pedestrians were crossing from the beach, however, I haven't read which lane they were in when they were struck. I also read that it is believed that they may have been struck by the mirror on the SUV. Didn't read whether it was the passenger mirror or the driver's mirror. As someone who has driven this stretch of road a lot, the greatest risk is in fact pedestrians stepping into traffic without looking. This has happened so often that I usually use the center lanes when traveling this stretch of road. I've found that pedestrians tend to step into traffic when there are cars parked very close to the traffic lanes and it is difficult to see around them. Until we get more facts about this accident, we are just speculating. I don't think that it is unreasonable to speculate that the pedestrians may have been at fault given what has been reported. Of course that doesn't excuse a driver from not stopping, assuming they knew that they had hit someone. If you were driving through that stretch of road that night and you own a light-colored SUV, you might want to check your passenger mirror for damage.
Carolyn Wallace July 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
The post states nothing about the position of the victims but it is clear the lack of exercise of personal responsibility lies with the hit and run driver.
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Personal responsibility is shared by the adult pedestrian and must be factored into the "blame" that we are discussing. I've pulled the CA Vehicle Codes that apply but have to submit them in separate posts to accommodate Patch's overriding corrections that remove spaces and indentation. Please note that there is a clause for Local Government action in the State Codes, this might be another method to raise awareness and improve safety. If every accident is reported and includes a mention of Malibu local laws regarding crossing the highway, we could effectively use the media to raise awareness with passage of time. Otherwise, we simply have to resort to these types of local methods and hope that it filters out of our community somehow, someway by someone.
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 06:08 PM
CA State Vehicle Code - Crosswalks – Pedestrian Rights And Duties VC 21950 Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the roadway within any marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. However, the law does not relieve a pedestrian from taking due care of his or her own safety. Pedestrians shall not suddenly leave the curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is close and an immediate hazard. While in the crosswalk, pedestrians shall not unnecessarily stop or delay traffic.
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
CA State Vehicle Code - Outside Of Crosswalks – Pedestrian Rights And Duties VC 21954 Every pedestrian on a roadway at any point, other than in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles that are so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM
CA State Vehicle Code - Local Ordinances VC 21961 Local authorities may adopt local ordinances prohibiting pedestrians from crossing roadways other than at crosswalks.
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM
CA State Vehicle Code - Walk On Roadway VC 21956 When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians are required to walk on the left-hand edge of the road facing traffic. No pedestrian may walk upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district otherwise than close to his or her left-hand edge of the roadway.
Andy Lyon July 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Ok...so I just drove by Malibu Seafood west bound....like that area on a Sunday afternoon isn't bad enough there is the parking enforcement jeep BLOCKING the slow lane just past the seafood place giving some one a ticket.... most likely for registration since the car wasn't parked illegally and no one was in the car. That is outrageous !!!
Carolyn Wallace July 28, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Andy I saw the same thing last Sunday there and at Surfriders Beach on Saturday
M Stanley July 28, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Have also seen the blocking of an entire lane to 'do city business' while ticketing parked vehicles - thought that the complaints already provided to the city regarding this practice would have resulted in elimination of this stupid and very dangerous pattern by volunteer workforce. Is the city on the hook when they become the NEXT VICTIMS of vehicle mashups on PCH? I don't believe we should be insuring this activity for one more day until we get assurances that the practice of lane blocking has ceased.
Zuma Skipper July 28, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Why do you assume it's the City's volunteer workforce as you call it that is exclusively writing parking tickets in Malibu. The Sheriff's have their paid employee parking enforcement team out in force on the weekends driving Jeeps and White Sheriff's cars. Nothing "volunteer" about them. Just watch them on any given weekend from Topanga to Leo Carillo Beach, writing tickets and towing cars.
Mike Curtis July 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Say you're driving along PCH, when two pedestrians dart in front of you. Despite your best efforts, you hit them. Tragic accident. I'm assuming that everyone would do what I would do. Pull over immediately, call 911, and render help to the victims. However, in the accident the other evening the driver, incredibly, drove away. Leaving a mother and toddler to their fate. I'm going to suggest that the driver in question is, aside from being remarkably callous, was probably drunk or in possession of something they didn't want the cops to see. Enough to possibly kill 2 people. What safety measures will prevent such an individual from doing something like this? People will jaywalk and criminals will break the law. I'm still saying that more cops will deter or more rapidly apprehend the kind of people that safety measures won't matter to. If more cops were on the PCH when the bastard that killed Emily was careening along, maybe they would have got him first.
Ann Tomkins July 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
After Emily was killed on PCH, I was driving not far from this latest accident when a car came up behind me fast, over 80 mph, using the right shoulder to pass. They proceeded to drive around the cars stopped for the red light at Corral and blew right through the intersection. I pulled over and called 911. First it went to the CHP, then they transferred me to Lost Hills because this is the Sheriff's jurisdiction. Later that evening I read in the online version of the Ventura County Star that the car eventually was stopped at Point Mugu when it struck another vehicle. The CHP was complaining that they had not received any calls when the driver was speeding through Malibu. Apparently there were no cops patrolling between Corral and Pt. Mugu and Lost Hills doesn't communicate well with the CHP. Yes, we need more officers patrolling PCH and they should be CHP officers. The road was safer back when the CHP patrolled.
Bu Mbsc July 29, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Ego drivers? Driving the speed limit? I think the ego are the law breaking people who feel they are above all others and have no problem- with the lives of our friends and family who live and visit Malibu.... Again, when it's yor heart broken maybe the word EGO should be re-evaluated- Careful law abiding citizens who are trying to protect lives- They are himans- daughters - mothers - sisters -brothers - fathers and friends- The ties that bond us together should not be death- but words of peace and holding life precious..
David Armstead August 01, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Get ready for more death and carnage at the Corral Beach PCH area as the same people who brought the debacle at Paradise Cove and PCH parking joke are opening a new bigger restaurant at the old Buerivage site. The owners of Paradise Cove and Calamigos have teamed up on that project and the same crap you see at Paradise Cove is going to be twice as bad at that location.
Ben Dover August 01, 2013 at 03:02 PM
David, I was just wondering who has died at the intersection of PCH and Paradise Cove? I know there's a problem but I want to know if we've had a death as the result of it (exaggerate much). As far as Buerivage goes, there's always been a restaurant there. It's not going to be any bigger, there is a traffic light on the corner. As far as twice as bad.....doubtful as it's not on the beach.


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