The past week has been a dismal one for pedestrian safety issues. One week ago, the K-Town Riders were probably peacefully planning out their ride, checking their tires, or otherwise going about their business with no idea the carnage that would be unleashed on them. One week ago the fate of our city’s red light camera program was still uncertain. But one week ago, one of the deadliest intersection in the city still didn’t have a traffic light.
Well, at least there’s some good news from the last seven days.
Over six months after Emely Aleman, 12, and Angela Rodriguez, 10, were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when they were hit and tossed fifty feet in the air by a Jeep Cherokee. Aleman passed away at the hospital, while Rodriguez is on the long road to recovery. It was the third crash at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Archwood Street. in 2010, down from four crashes in 2009.
Yesterday, Councilman Paul Krekorian announced that construction of a traffic signal at that intersection has begun. Krekorian and School Board Member Tamar Galatzan, who ran against Krekorian for the seat he now holds, teamed together with the community to create the political pressure to expediate the light’s installation. A council resolution in Aleman’s name was passed by the City Council late last year urging LADOT to install this signal as quickly as possible.
The Council District 2 blog quotes Krekorian: Read more…