Naked man hit, killed by police car in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A naked pedestrian was hit and killed by a Los Angeles police car in Jefferson Park, police said Monday.

Police received a call about a naked man running in and out of traffic around 10:20 p.m. Sunday near west Adams Boulevard and Buckingham Road.

Two officers were driving with lights and sirens on and did not see the man, who was lying in the road, police said. The officers then ran him over.

The officers stopped to render aid and called LAFD. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The man was described as a white male in his late 50s to early 60s. Witnesses told police he was in the road with his head facing west and his feet pointing east.

The two officers are said to be shaken up.

"They're very upset about the incident," said LAPD Detective Scott Walton. "I have spoken to them briefly and they're very upset about it. They were just driving down the street and all of a sudden there's someone lying in the roadway not where they were expecting, so of course they're very shaken up about it."

One driver who saw the man in the street attempted to make a U-turn to warn the officers, but did not make it in time.

Detectives began wrapping up the investigation by 6 a.m., and roads were expected to be reopened shortly after.

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