Big rig hits and kills pedestrian on southbound 405 near Westwood; morning traffic snarled


A big rig struck and killed a pedestrian on the southbound 405 Freeway in the Westwood area early Friday, closing all but the carpool lane for more than three hours and snarling morning traffic.

The accident near Wilshire Boulevard occurred just after 1 a.m., said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos. All lanes reopened at 4:28 a.m.

The victim was described as a 35- to 40-year-old male, Villalobos said. “We don’t know how the pedestrian got on the freeway,” he said.


The accident left the body lying in the middle lanes of the freeway, forcing investigators to close all but the carpool lane, officials said. As of 4 a.m., traffic was backed up to Sunset Boulevard, according to

The big rig driver stopped and there were reports of him being hit by other vehicles, Villalobos said, “but we have no definitive information on that.”

Villalobos said there were no indications that an arrest would be made in connection with the incident.

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4:50 a.m.: This article has been updated with traffic lanes reopening.

This article was originally published at 4:28 a.m.