New stop signs were installed this morning at the intersection of Echo Park Avenue and Lucretia avenue more than six months after a 65-year-old man was struck and killed by a car as he crossed the street near the same intersection. The death of Aureliano Polanco, who was struck on April 11 by an Audi traveling northbound on Echo Park Avenue near his home, prompted Council District 13 to request a study to determine if stop signs or other measures were needed to improve safety.
The study, conducted by Department of Transportation, concluded stop signs were needed:
The combination of parked vehicles and street trees restrict the visibility of Westbound vehicles to see the southbound vehicles. The removal of on-street parking to improve the visibility is not feasible at this time due the heavy onstreet parking demand. Therefore, the stop signs, as described in the. Determination, are justified and will provide safe and efficient movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The motorist who hit Polanco, Gregory Andrew Fein of Chino Hills, was arrested on arrested and booked on vehicular manslaughter.
Gideon Webster, who lives near the intersection, said he welcomed the the installation of the new stop signs this morning near his home.
“It’s about time! It’s a terrible intersection,” said Webster via email. “Now if only there were a way to keep people from rolling through it like they do at the other stop signs.”
Here’s a copy of the Traffic Control Report that determined stop signs were needed to at Echo Park and Lurectia Avenues: