Car carrying Garcetti hits pedestrian near LA Times building *

garcetti-suv-getty-house.jpgGarcetti and his LAPD detail at Getty House in LA Observed file photo

The city-issued SUV that Mayor Eric Garcetti rides around in struck and injured a female pedestrian at 2nd and Spring streets, outside the Los Angeles Times building. The victim was taken to the hospital by LAFD ambulance. An LAPD driver was behind the wheel of the mayoral vehicle. Garcetti says he was on the phone and did not see the accident occur.

The mayor's office sent out this statement:

At approximately 12:20pm, a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle in which Mayor Garcetti was a passenger struck a pedestrian in Downtown Los Angeles. The vehicle was heading eastbound on 2nd Street near Spring Street.

Mayor Garcetti was on the phone and did not witness the incident. He has since been interviewed by LAPD investigators.

LAPD officers immediately responded to the scene and the pedestrian was transported by the Los Angeles Fire Department to a hospital.

Mayor Garcetti released the following statement: "I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery. I look forward to speaking with her soon.

Update: The LA Times story adds detail and video from the paper's security cameras and official accounts. The woman who was hit is 60 years old, was not in the crosswalk and may have been jaywalking — the exact moment of the collision does not seem to be in the frame. Also, Garcetti was on the phone with Tom Nuttall, West Coast reporter for The Economist, when the accident happened.

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