Disney Employee Hit and Killed by Car in Front of Burbank Studio Lot
The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
A Disney employee was killed Thursday morning after she was struck by a car in front of the Burbank studio lot.
Police responded around 9 a.m. to the area of Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street on the report of a woman who was hit by a car as she crossed the intersection, Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank police told The Hollywood Reporter.
The victim was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, Green said.
In an email to staff, Disney CEO Bob Iger said he was heartbroken to learn the news. THR redacted the name of the victim out of concern not all of her next of kin had been notified.
"As some of you may have heard, we lost a valued Cast Member this morning in a tragic accident outside the Alameda Gate of the Disney lot. [Name redacted] was struck by a vehicle on her way to work and passed a short while later at the hospital. A number of other Cast Members witnessed the tragedy, and are understandably very shaken by the experience. I know [name redacted] friends and colleagues are stunned by this awful news, and we’re all heartbroken by the loss. We have reached out to her family to offer our support and deepest condolences. Please join me in keeping her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Two men in the car that struck the victim were detained by police. The suspects' car careened into three other vehicles after striking the victim, but no one else was injured, police said. Authorities suspect alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in the fatal crash, Green said.
The exact cause of the collision is still under investigation.