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January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
A pedestrian in her 60s was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, according to the mayor's office. Garcetti was in the car, speaking on the phone, when the accident occurred, according to a written statement released by his office. He did not see what happened, the statement said. "I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery,” Garcetti said. "I look forward to speaking with her soon. " The police vehicle in which Garcetti was riding was heading east on Second Street near Spring Street, on the way to City Hall.
January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 34-year-old pedestrian was killed Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle on the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. California Highway Patrol officers and paramedics responded to the northbound side of the freeway near Alameda Street about 6:30 p.m. after a caller reported a "pedestrian down in the roadway," according to the CHP. Few details were available about the incident, pending the ongoing investigation, but the...
January 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I learned two things when Deborah Murphy of Silver Lake sent me an email in mid-December. First, there's a pedestrian-advocacy organization in our car-crazed metropolis, and it goes by the name of Los Angeles Walks. Second, there's a city of L.A. Pedestrian Advocacy Committee. Murphy is executive director of the former, chair of the latter, and she wanted to know if I could meet with her to discuss a development she's not happy about. Namely, there's the possibility of a $3-billion street repair bond measure on the November ballot this year, but as currently conceived, it would fix only the worst of L.A.'s streets and do nothing for the city's abominable sidewalks.
January 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A man was killed Saturday by a Metro Gold Line train in South Pasadena after he did not move from the path of the oncoming train, officials said. About 4:10 p.m., a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority train operator saw a pedestrian inside a crosswalk that overlaps the Gold Line tracks, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Sergio Flores told The Times.  The train driver sounded his horn, but the pedestrian did not move away in time.  The victim was standing at the intersection of Monterey Road and Pasadena Avenue, inside the mechanical arms that lower as a train approaches, Flores said.
December 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A crackdown on jaywalking has stirred up a fierce debate over when you can and cannot cross the street in Los Angeles. A Downtown News story last week reported that Los Angeles police officers have been ticketing jaywalkers in the city's historic core and the financial district. Penalties range from a hefty $190 to an even heftier $250. "We're heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they're impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths," Lt. Lydia Leos told the newspaper.
December 10, 2013 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A crackdown on jaywalking In Los Angeles has stirred up a fierce debate over how to protect pedestrians without unfairly targeting them. A Downtown News story this week reports the Los Angeles police officers have been ticketing jaywalkers in the Historic Core and the Financial District. Penalties range from $190 to $250. “We're heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they're impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths,” Lt. Lydia Leos told the newspaper.
December 1, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Mark Marren has watched three people struck by passing cars near a busy bridge that connects the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village and Silver Lake. The most harrowing, he said, was in 2007, when he and a friend left work together on their bicycles. As they pedaled across the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a car struck Marren's friend, hospitalizing him for six months. "I've gone to County [USC Medical Center] and seen my friends laying there because of that bridge," Marren said at a public forum recently.
November 22, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Metrolink train struck a man late Friday afternoon, severing his arm and delaying evening commuters for more than an hour. The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m., shortly after the train had left the Burbank Airport station. The man was walking west along the tracks on a rail bridge that carries the train over the 170 Freeway, said Sgt. Donald Kelly, watch commander for the LAPD Valley Traffic Division, which is investigating the accident. Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said the man had his back turned to the train and appeared to have headphones on. He did not respond when train operators blew the horn, and the train grazed him, severing his arm. He was reportedly conscious when authorities took him to the hospital and is expected to survive, Kelly said.  Andy Wheeler, 45, had boarded the train at the Burbank Airport station.
November 13, 2013 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
A northbound Metrolink train was delayed 90 minutes and another was canceled after an Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian at an Anaheim Metrolink station early Wednesday. With the cancellation of Metrolink train 633, passengers have been redirected to an Amtrak train or provided a bus to complete their trip, said Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten. As of 11 a.m. passengers were experiencing delays of 30 to 45 minutes, officials said. Metrolink train 687, which was idled for 90 minutes, is now back in service.
November 4, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I expected to hear from pedestrians, criticizing careless drivers and sharing tales of near-tragedies after my column last week. I had written about a mother's tribute to her teenage son, whose death while crossing a busy street launched her on a mission to battle distracted driving. But most of the readers I heard from took a different tack: Drivers aren't the only or even primary problem. Pedestrians are responsible for their own safety - and I'd missed a chance to educate them about the stupid things they do. "Many, if not most, of the pedestrians and bicyclists that get hit (and often die)
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