Altadena Man Struck and Killed by Car Friday

The 54-year-oid man was hit by a car driven by a 58-year-old man Friday morning on Mendocino Street.

The California Highway Patrol released more information in a report Friday afternoon about a fatal pedestrian-vehicle accident that occurred in Altadena around 6:39 a.m. Friday.

A 54-year-old Altadena man was jogging eastbound on Mendocino Street from Brae Burn Road adjacent to the south roadway edge of Mendocino Street when a 2004 Chevrolet traveling the same direction in the #1 lane (left lane) veered right and the front of the car struck the jogger. It is unknown how fast the Chevrolet was traveling.

After the Chevrolet, which was driven by a 58-year-old San Marino man, struck the jogger it continued eastbound on Mendocino Street onto the right shoulder and the front of the car struck the right rear bumper of a 1998 Mercedes driven by a 61-year-old Los Angeles man.

The Altadena jogger was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m. Friday at Huntington Memorial Hospital, where his family was notified.

The Mercedes driver sustained moderate injuries and the Chevrolet driver sustained minor injuries.

Initially the man who was driving the car that hit the jogger was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medications but was later released.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

At about 2:40 p.m. the westbound lane of Mendocino Street was open and CHP Officer Reyes told Patch that the eastbound lane could be open by now.

local December 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Wow terrible. That is why you should always jog on the left side of the road. You need to be able to see those cars!
JessD December 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Really really sad, and scary. That is my running route too. A tragic reminder to be aware of everthing around you.
JessD December 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Really really sad, and scary. That is my running route too. A tragic reminder to be aware of everthing around you.
Naomi Dauermann December 22, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I agree with Local. Runners and walkers stick to the left, vehicles stick to right. If this runner had been a cyclist, the same tragedy would have occurred. So, so sad. My cycling, running and walking route too.
Lisa Maiorana December 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I was there when it happened....again, they won't do anything about the traffic driving too fast for that area until someone dies, tragic.
HR Owens December 29, 2012 at 03:46 AM
the driver was looking into the sun. The jogger was in the street. If the jogger was on the sidewalk, he would not have been hit by a car. The problem with Altadena is there are not enough sidewalks. I wish people would fight for sidewalks to make this a safe place to walk, run and walk the dog. Interesting that I posted this comment at AltadenaBlog.com but the admin of the site removed it. I guess he has some sort of agenda. Weird.
SteveB December 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Did you give a valid email address when you attempted to post? It is required.
Helen December 30, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Why has the identity of the driver been withheld? There are conflicting reports that the driver fell asleep, was looking in the sun, fled the scene, the morning, in the evening... (?) Lisa Maiorana... Since you were there, was it in the morning or evening?
disturbed. December 31, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I agree with HR about the sidewalks. It's extremely dangerous for me to even round my corner and walk to the trailhead by JPL because there is no sidewalk. I have tried running with my toddler down the trails, but getting to the trails scares me. When I get to Ventura I wait and wait for no cars- then run like hell to an open spot between the cars parked along the road, wait and wait again for no cars then run like hell again until I get to the trailhead. My husband has suggested driving to the hiker's parking lot and going from there, but crossing that street seems just as dangerous and it's about the same length I'd walk from my house. So I just don't get to do anything and rot in my house. I hate that there are no sidewalks. I also agree with running on the left side of the road, but I wonder if the poor man would have had time to dodge the car. I hear he went to PazNaz church. So very sad. My prayers go out to all his family and friends.
Lynda Ott Albright January 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM
The victim was my brother, Robert Ott. He was on his morning walk, routine, he did it every day...and was killed 2 blocks from his home. We too, have heard conflicting information, but I can attest he was not walking in the street. I put my feet where he was hit and he was 2 1/2 feet south of the asphalt in the mulch. The vehicle that hit him was traveling eastbound in the WESTBOUND lane, veered and hit Robert, sending him through a steel support cable for the telephone pole, which severed his spine immediately. He had massive internal injuries, which could suggest that the driver was at a high rate of speed. The driver was going to the country club to play GOLF...he was 50 feet from his entrance...one doesn't fall asleep 50 feet from their destination. The time was 6:40 a.m., Robert was pronounced dead at HMH at 7:10, no family members were notified until almost 10:00 a.m., as he had no ID and the officials finally located his iphone. His daughter was first to the scene, I was second. Devastated doesn't even begin to sum up this careless, unnecessary situation. Negligence must be held accountable...I will never believe the driver, a medical professional, fell asleep at the wheel. There is a temporary memorial erected at the site; we hope to have a permanent memorial, and I agree awareness for all the pedestrians on that street. It's not a drag strip!
Pasagal January 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Is there an update?
Lynda Ott Albright January 17, 2013 at 04:36 PM
The CHP's report won't be ready for another 3-4 MONTHS!
Rachel Mae March 13, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I live right across the street from where this happened. I heard his daughters sorrow. I'm so sorry for your loss. I find it hard to believe the man just " fell asleep" also.


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