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UPDATE: Pedestrian killed in freeway lanes ID'd as entertainer

Posted: December 14, 2011 11:57 a.m.
Updated: December 14, 2011 7:37 p.m.


A big band-era singer was the woman killed on Highway 14 this week as she tried to cross freeway lanes on foot, possibly to retrieve something that fell off her car, officials said Wednesday.

Milly Ericson, 83, of Santa Monica was identified Wednesday as the woman killed Tuesday afternoon crossing the northbound lanes of the freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley.

In the ‘40s, Ericson sang with big band leaders Tommy Dorsey and Ray Anthony.

In later years, she appeared in commercials and on TV shows such as “Coach” and “The John Larroquette Show.”
After her years in entertaining, Ericson ran a photo-retouching business for models and celebrities.

She was hit in the northbound lanes of Highway 14 just north of Via Princessa in Canyon Country about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Ericson was walking eastbound on the highway from the center divider across the northbound lanes, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

A motorist, described as a 64-year-old man from Palmdale, was traveling about 65 miles an hour northbound on the freeway in a 2006 Toyota Corolla, according to CHP investigators.

When he saw the woman he took evasive action, swerving to the left, they said. But the right front of the Corolla hit Ericson.

A CHP officer indicated Tuesday that at least one witness said she was dragging something behind her.

The incident was under investigation, CHP Officer John Lutz said. Among the information being reviewed are reports that Ericson had been retrieving a part of her car that had fallen off.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected in the collision, Lutz said.

Ericson was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics, a CHP report said Wednesday.

Ericson would have turned 84 on Christmas Eve.



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