Pacific Coast Highway. Photo credit: Wiki Commons
Pacific Coast Highway during a rare daylight moment with light traffic. Photo credit: Wiki Commons

Authorities Monday identified the latest victim to be killed by a speeding vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

The crash occurred in the midnight darkness on PCH near Busch Drive at Zuma Beach Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

While PCH can see traffic reduced to a crawl during rush hours and on beach weekends, vehicles often race along at freeway speeds during off hours and overnight.

Germaine Lathouwers of Van Nuys, 55, died at a hospital, the coroner’s office reported.

She was the second fatality on PCH near Busch in the past two years, according to records. Last year, a man identified as a transient was killed there as he jaywalked near the traffic signal to reach a liquor store.

Two other people were killed on PCH in western Malibu this month. A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a car making a U-turn at Leo Carrillo Beach on March 4. And on March 6, a man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on a long straightaway near Decker Canyon Road.

–City News Service

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