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Man, 52, Fatally Struck by Car on Whitsett Ave.

The victim is pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the vehicle cooperates with police.

Authorities Thursday identified a man who was fatally struck by a vehicle as he crossed a street in North Hollywood.

The man was crossing Whitsett Avenue near Kittridge Street when he was hit by a southbound SUV about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Randy Modrell of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

Leo Loponen, 52, of North Hollywood died at the scene, coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

The SUV driver, a woman in her 20s, stopped and cooperated with police, Modrell said. She was not cited, pending completion of the crash investigation, Modrell said.

Lovelylms November 15, 2012 at 05:20 PM
So sad. I drove by there last night. :(
george November 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thank you for stopping. Hope you weren't on your cellphone or otherwise distracted.

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