Pedestrian hit by truck on Pacific Coast Highway

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A pedestrian was seriously injured Tuesday evening after being struck by a pickup truck on Pacific Coast Highway near the Malibu Pier, Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station confirmed. Catherine Carlson, 56, of Santa Monica, was crossing Pacific Coast Highway at 5:31 p.m. when she was struck by a 2009 Dodge Ram driven by a 51-year-old man from Ojai.

Carlson sustained “significant” injuries and was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center. Brooks said the injuries may have included a broken back, but he could not confirm that. Witnesses told law enforcement authorities the pedestrian was at fault, as she appeared to be wearing earbud headphones as she crossed the highway. Witnesses said there was heavy traffic and that the driver of the truck appeared to be driving no more than 30 miles per hour.