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Driver Suspected of Killing Pedestrian While Impaired

A driver who was operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant struck and killed a woman in the Civic District of downtown Burbank on June 28, Burbank police said.

About 4:30 p.m., Burbank police and paramedics responded to the area of Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard regarding the traffic collision, which involved a male driver and a female pedestrian. 

When police officers and paramedics arrived, they located a woman, Anahid Sarkissian of Burbank, 76, suffering from serious injuries caused by the crash in the alley of the 400 block of East Olive Avenue. She was ultimately pronounced deceased by paramedics. 

The driver was detained by police and a DUI investigation was conducted.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as a 64-year-old resident of Burbank. Police determined the driver was under the influence, and he was arrested at the scene and booked into the Burbank City Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. 

The driver has since posted the $100,000 bail and is due to appear in court on Wednesday, July 24, in Burbank. Formal charges are pending review by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The collision remains under the investigation of Burbank Traffic Detective Ryan Murphy. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Murphy at (818) 238-3103.

The accident is the fourth traffic fatality of the year, all occurring over the past three months, and is the second vehicle-pedestrian incident.

Most recently in May, a white Toyota Scion was destroyed and its driver killed after a collision with another vehicle sent the two cars careening into an electrical pole and fire hydrant.

Burbank police are still investigating the fatal traffic collision, which occurred on Vanowen Street, a road known for high-speed incidents.

Last year there were four total traffic deaths, and two the year before. In 2021, Burbank saw seven deaths, and three in 2020.

Burbank police said the city averages about three traffic fatalities a year historically, with the exception of 2021, as drivers took back to the streets as the pandemic eased.

Burbank police reminded the community in a recent statement about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

“If you plan to drink alcohol or are using medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan accordingly and enlist a designated driver,” police said. “A DUI can cost drivers an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, and result in a suspended license.”

BPD added that impaired driving is not limited to alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can also cause impairment and interfere with the ability to drive safely.

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