Disney Employee Struck and Killed by Car While Walking Near Studio

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A car hit and killed a Disney employee who was walking in a marked crosswalk near Disney’s studio lot in Burbank on Thursday morning, police said.

The fatal crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street. Burbank police detained the two men in the vehicle and conducted a DUI investigation which revealed that alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both were a factor in the accident.

The car careened into three other vehicles after striking the Disney employee, identified by police as 54-year-old Michelle Landes. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. No other serious injuries were reported.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Stergios Economos, a 37-year-old man from Burbank. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and is currently being held at the Burbank City Jail on $100,000 bail. He is due to appear in court next Monday.

CEO Bob Iger said in an email to company employees “we’re all heartbroken by the loss.” Disney execs also reached out to her family to offer their support and deepest condolences.

Iger said in his email that other studio employees witnessed the fatal collision and “are understandably very shaken by the experience.”

The crosswalk is outside of the Alameda gate of the Disney lot.

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  1. Sue Anne Williams says:

    This is awful news for the Disenyland staff! I hope & pray that the driver gets help to stop taking drugs!
    I am coming to Disenyland Paris France on 17th September for 4 days.
    I hope & pray that everyone comes to know Jesus Christ & hopefully she has gone up to Heaven. I will get a sympathy card for all the staff because I love Disenyland & hopefully I will get to see Micky mouse & Minnie mouse, & Pluto at the station. Or Snow White & the 7 dwafs . This will be awesome.
    I will be coming from Ebsfeet, the train leaves at 10:34 departure to Marne-La-Valley-Chessy Station, the train will get there at approx 14;02 ( local time) then I can give whoever is going to be at the station my sympathy card. & A prayer for you all.
    Thinking of you all.
    Love & prayers
    Sue Anne Williams 😱😰😢😭😧😖😨😩😤😢☹️😞😟😕🤠😠😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

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  3. Sam says:

    It would be safer for everyone if all crosswalks were at a stop light.
    As all other states require. It’s no excuse however so many people in some instances just start walking into the street with out waiting for incoming traffic to stop or watching traffic as they cross in marked crosswalks that are not protected by the very visible stop lights.
    It’s as dangerous to the pedestrian as it is to the cars behind the car screeching to a stop at the last minute for a crosswalk without a light. Dangerous for everyone.
    Rip.

    • The crosswalk is at a stoplight and is visibly marked on the pavement. The pictures of where the vehicles stopped is where the suspect eventually crashed into the cars at the opposing intersection.

      • Toni says:

        The stoplight is at the Disney driveway, for employees to exit and enter, not at a traffic intersection; its in the middle of a block. Very dangerous as are all crosswalks in the middle of blocks or at corners with no traffic light. People just walk right into the crosswalk without waiting for traffic to stop for them. Or they walk right in front of oncoming traffic within a few feet and slam on the brakes endangering cars following not knowing why the car in front of them has stopped suddenly. You are not from LA if you have not experienced this as a driver.
        No other state has crosswalks unles they are at traffic intersections with traffic lights.

      • DeShawn Anderson says:

        Sam, respectfully, please get on google maps and look at the intersection before commenting. The story clearly states, and you can see for yourself, the pedestrian was struck at the INTERSECTION of Alameda and Lincoln.

      • Sam says:

        Yes i meant in general, to add, however this red light is in the middle of a long block and not at a ‘traffic’ intersection where one would normally expect to stop for a stop light. No excuses. I’ve watched as people just miss that category of light that is in the middle of a block with the purpose of a pedestrian crossing. No excuse. I’ve seen so many mothers with kids just start walking in a crosswalk and not even looking to see if all oncoming cars have stopped and some within a few ft and a braking screech, with cars behind
        them. No excuse. It’s just a dangerous situation all around.
        Very sad.

  4. Michelle says:

    Horrible.

  5. Hank says:

    It does say it correctly but more importantly a young woman died!

    • lindsey says:

      they made an edit. the email alert contained the typo. tragedy doesn’t release journalists and editors from performing competently.

  6. Celia Black says:

    Dear Variety Editor,

    Shouldn’t the headline read, “Struck and Killed” not “Stuck and Killed”?

  7. Justin Urface says:

    That comment didn’t take long. Pig.

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