HOLLYWOOD — Residents of the hillside neighborhood where actor Jason Priestley crashed his new sports car last week are demanding a crackdown on speeders.
Petitions signed by 359 residents of Canyon Drive asking Los Angeles officials for a "permanent and effective solution" were delivered Wednesday to Mayor Richard Riordan, City Council President John Ferraro and the Transportation Department, neighborhood residents said.
Priestley escaped injury in Friday's early morning crash. But a passenger suffered a broken arm when the 1999 Porsche slammed into a utility pole and a parked car. Although he said he swerved to avoid a deer, Priestley was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
Alexander Von Wechmar, who is leading the petition drive, and others in the neighborhood contend that speed was to blame for that accident and nearly a dozen others in recent years--including two fatal crashes.