The city failed to heed numerous warnings about unsafe conditions at a busy intersection used by children from three neighborhood schools, a former chairman of the city's Transportation Commission testified this week.
Franklin Lunding, who served as the commission's chairman in 1988, said on Monday that warnings about the dangers at Michelson Drive and Yale Avenue were made repeatedly to city officials long before a University High school student was killed at the intersection.
Lunding was testifying in Orange County Superior Court in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city by Betty Leidal, whose 14-year-old son, David, was fatally struck as he rode his bicycle in the crosswalk on his way to school in September, 1988.
Pejman B. Alaghamandan, who was driving a compact car on his way to school, admitted running a four-way stop before plowing into Leidal, an honors student at University High. Alaghamandan served a 30-day jail sentence in 1989 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor manslaughter.