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LAPD Cruiser Hits Pedestrian In Downtown L.A.

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An LAPD cruiser struck a pedestrian in downtown L.A. on Tuesday afternoon, and one witness says the officer wasn't paying attention and driving too fast.

LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig tells LAist that officers were responding to a call for backup around 2:40 p.m. when their patrol car struck a pedestrian at 6th and Spring streets. Ludwig says the officers immediately helped the man, and the L.A. Fire Department arrived on the scene within minutes.

The man was transported to a local hospital as "precaution for complaint of pain," Ludwig says. He could not comment on the man's condition.

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Redditor 4n7h0ny witnessed the incident while walking down Spring Street after grabbing a cup of coffee from Spring for Coffee. 4n7h0ny took photos of the incident, showing a man, which the Redditor described as homeless, lying on the ground on his side with his shoes off, and wrote on Reddit:

As the officer started making the turn you can tell he was not paying attention at all. He was driving too fast to make the turn safely and did not even come to a complete stop before making the turn. Then there was a loud Smack! followed by an agonizing scream, he was moaning in pain with his hands in the air as if he was reaching for something. His shoes both were flung from under him and he then went into shock on the ground. Other cops began to show up and block off the incident. I also noticed the cop move the victim's shoes from their original location and place them next to the victim which I thought was odd. I became overwhelmed with sadness and shock and I left the scene after a few minutes.

4n7h0ny added that the officer ran a red light: "Yup that is exactly what happened, he basically rolled the turn but he did slow down, he must have been looking at something else because the victim was dead smack in the middle of the intersection."

Ludwig said it wasn't clear at this point if the cruiser had sirens or lights on at the time or how the patrol car didn't see the pedestrian, and those details would only be available once a final report was made after an investigation was conducted by the Central Traffic Division.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: On Jasmyne Cannick's blog, she found another witness account, this one from Asiyahola Sankara on social media, that says authorities didn't help the man who was hit by the car for 30 minutes. While we weren't able to access the social media post, Cannick reports that it reads:

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On my way home after a job interview I was walking to the bus and heard a skid and thump down the block…. the LAPD HIT A BLACK ELDER WITH THEIR CAR ON 6th and Spring. HARD. I turned late and saw him rolling, others said he flew into the air before he dropped. Instead of getting a fucking ambulance they called backup and denied him medical care for 30 minutes. Intersection was swarming with pigs but no EMTs. He couldn’t get up or move. Some people said he died but I didn’t see them move him into the ambo I was trying to get a hold of security cam footage but the cops took it. ‪#‎FTP‬ ‪#‎livid‬