A deputy-involved crash on Thursday night in West Hollywood left one person dead and three others injured, and prompted an hourslong closure of Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Two deputies were responding to a call of a felony spousal assault in progress about 11 p.m. when they were involved in a collision in the 8800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, sheriff's Cmdr. Keith Swensson said. The deputies were headed eastbound on the major street, and had just passed San Vicente Boulevard.
The patrol car's lights and sirens were activated at the time.
After colliding with a sedan, the deputy vehicle drove up on the curb and hit two male pedestrians who were walking on the sidewalk on the south side of the street, Swensson told reporters during an early morning news conference.
One of the pedestrians died after the collision, while the other person was in critical condition, he said. Their identities have not been released.
One of the deputies had to be extricated from their vehicle, while the other was able to exit the car on his own. Both were taken to a hospital and last reported to be in stable condition.
The California Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.
As investigators looked into the cause of the deadly collision, all lanes of Santa Monica Boulevard would be closed to traffic from San Vicente to Hancock Avenue, the Sheriff's Department stated in a news release.
The closure was initially expected to last until at least 7 a.m., but authorities later said it would not open until at least 10:30 a.m.
Video showed traffic was moving again on Santa Monica Boulevard just after 1 p.m.