LA mayor's car strikes pedestrian in downtown Los Angeles (Updated)
Mayor Eric Garcetti was a passenger in an SUV being driven by a member of his security detail when the vehicle struck a female pedestrian near City Hall Tuesday afternoon, according to the mayor's office.
The car hit the pedestrian — identified as a 65-year-old woman — on Second Street near Spring Street at 12:20 p.m. She was taken to nearby Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center by paramedics, Rosa Saca, a spokeswoman for County-USC, confirmed.
L.A. Fire Department Deputy Chief Mario Rueda said the woman was stable and alert when paramedics arrived.
According to the mayor's office, Garcetti was on the phone and did not witness the crash. He was interviewed by LAPD investigators.
"I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery. I look forward to speaking with her soon," Garcetti said in a statement provided by his office.
The vehicle involved in the crash was a black SUV the mayor uses for official business.