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92-year-old man, struck, injured by vehicle in La Palma

Updated 5 p.m.

By Brian Hews

A 92-year old man was injured after being hit by a slow moving car in La Palma on Wednesday morning, Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper can confirm.

According to Sgt. Raul Morales with the La Palma Police Department, the victim was taking a routine morning walk when at around 9:54 a.m. he was traversing from a sidewalk into a pedestrian crosswalk at  Pineridge and Walker Street when he was struck.

Morales said it appears that the victim sustained injuries to his head after he fell into the street.

“It was an unfortunate situation.  The driver did not see him and hit the victim at a small rate of speed,” Morales said.

The patient was airlifted and transferred to UC Irvine Medical Center for treatment.  His is currently listed in critical, and  his name has not been made public due to pending notification of family members.

Morales said that the driver of the vehicle involved was not cited.

On Wednesday afternoon, the City of La Palma told residents via Facebook about the traffic collision and that north bound Walker Street and one lane south bound Walker (near La Palma Ave.) was closed for most of the afternoon.

Morales also pointed out in a statement, “It should be noted that local schools were in session when the accident occurred; however, overall traffic conditions were light and it appears that student drop-off activity played no factor in this incident. Anyone who witnessed the collision is encouraged to contact the La Palma Police Department.”

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