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LAPD Bomb Squad Officer 'Distraught' After Killing Pedestrian With Truck
An on-duty officer driving an LAPD Bomb Squad utility truck hit and killed a pedestrian in Playa Del Rey early Monday morning.
The officer, whose name hasn't been released, was driving home from an assignment at LAX around 12:05 a.m. when we fatally struck a man near Jefferson and Culver boulevards, reported CBS Los Angeles.
At first, the officer, who's a 20-year veteran of the department, knew he had hit something, but didn't know what. When he circled back a couple of times to scope out the area, he found a man lying on the side of the road, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told KTLA.
The officer tried to administer CPR to the victim, whom authorities believe was a homeless man between 55 to 60 years old, until the L.A. Fire Department arrived. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mongomery told CBS Los Angeles that the officer is "very distraught about the incident" and that it appears that it was just a "tragic accident." He said that the victim, who was wearing dark clothing, was walking in the street. There are no crosswalks or sidewalks in the area, according to NBC Los Angeles. It was also a foggy night, which may have been a factor in the incident, authorities said.