On Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 6:03 p.m., Laguna Beach Police responded to the report of a traffic collision involving multiple vehicles and a pedestrian near the 30600 block of S. Coast Highway.
Laguna Beach Police and Fire personnel responded to the scene and provided life-saving measures. The pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
A preliminary investigation revealed that an adult female was near Ruby’s and not in a crosswalk when she crossed the roadway near 30600 S. Coast Hwy. While in the southbound lanes, she was struck by multiple vehicles. The deceased female has not been identified, and drugs and alcohol do not appear to factor in the collision. The involved motorists remained at the location of the crash and are cooperating with police. The LBPD Traffic Bureau is currently on scene and the cause of the collision is still under investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by yet another pedestrian fatality on Coast Highway and we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “Coast Highway is owned and operated by Caltrans and we will reach out to them to determine if they can implement additional safety improvements to make the roadway safer for pedestrians. We need to hold Caltrans accountable to find safety solutions to avoid more tragic accidents in our City.”
Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at 949-497-0701.