Minivan Crashes Into Bench at Burbank Bus Stop, Killing Pedestrian

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A man was killed Friday after a minivan veered off Olive Avenue in Burbank, striking a bus stop bench and a pedestrian, authorities said.

Officers received a call around 5:40 p.m. regarding a pedestrian trapped under a car following a crash on Olive Avenue just west of the intersection with San Fernando Boulevard, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco. The van was moving at a high-rate of speed when it apparently jumped the curb and drove down the sidewalk, causing the man in his 60s to become wedged underneath the automobile, Losacco said. 

The victim was later pronounced dead, officials said. The driver, a man in his 30s, was transported to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries, Losacco said. The man has not been placed under arrest, he added.

Prior to hitting the victim at the bus stop, the van also side-swiped a Mercedes-Benz parked up the street. The car's owner, David Schoenbrun, said he and his daughter were eating dinner at a nearby restaurant when the incident occurred.

"We saw all the activity going on, and we were walking back to my parked car, and they were taking a picture. I thought I was getting a ticket," he said.

"I was crying a little bit because it was just sad to see all of this," Schoenbrun's daughter Mia related. "But I’m better now; my dad said everything was OK."

Shterny Park, who saw the crash occur, said the driver appeared stunned by the turn of events.

"I just saw the guy coming down and he kind of swerved out of the way," Park said. "When he came out of the car he looked really confused. I don’t think he quite understood what he was doing."