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Woman struck, killed by car; marks fourth pedestrian fatality this year

Woman struck, killed by car; marks fourth pedestrian fatality this year
A 25-year-old Eagle Rock woman was killed Saturday evening when she was struck by a car while crossing the street illegally on Colorado Street at Verdugo Boulevard. (Bing Maps)

A 25-year-old Glendale woman was killed Saturday evening when she was struck by a car while crossing the street illegally, marking the fourth pedestrian fatality in Glendale this year, authorities said.

The pedestrian was identified as Lauren Eubanks, according to Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

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According to initial reports, Eubanks was reportedly crossing Colorado Boulevard at Verdugo Road illegally at a traffic signal around 9 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a 67-year-old Glendale woman, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot via email.

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FOR THE RECORD: 
The original version of this story stated there have been four pedestrian fatalities in Glendale this year. Despite a correction stating there were three pedestrian fatalities and one involving a cyclist, our record shows that the original number was correct. An earlier version of this story also stated the victim was an Eagle Rock resident. She was a resident of Glendale.
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The driver, who remained at the scene, was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said.

Several witnesses reported seeing the victim crossing illegally at the traffic signal, Lightfoot said. The investigation remains ongoing.

Eubanks was transported to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m.

The incident comes on the heels of a hit-and-run incident on Broadway and Columbus Avenue on Thursday in which an 80-year-old woman was struck and knocked to the ground by a vehicle. The driver fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Glendale Police Chief Rob Castro said in a statement he was disheartened by what he called another "preventable traffic collision fatality" in Glendale.

"In order to reduce traffic-collision occurrences, there needs to be a change in mindset by all parties to refocus attention on the road and safety behaviors," Castro said in the statement.

In January, an 86-year-old man, identified as Abram Mehrabian, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Western Avenue near Glenoaks Boulevard.

Three months later, an 86-year-old Glendale man who was crossing five lanes of traffic with a shopping cart was struck and killed about half a mile south of Glendale Community College, police said. The man, Antranik Melkonian, suffered head trauma and was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The following month, a 67-year-old Glendale man, identified as Arutyun Basmadzhyan, was killed after he was hit by a vehicle in an unmarked crosswalk at Kenneth and Cumberland roads.

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