HIGHLAND PARK — A new stop sign and safety markings were dedicated on Thursday at the intersection where a 57-year-old woman was killed a few weeks ago by a hit-and-run driver.
The fatal collision at Avenue 50 and San Marcos Place near Aldama Elementary took place several months after the office of Councilman Gil Cedillo had submitted a request for safety improvements along Avenue 50 to deal with traffic safety hazards. Figures provided by council staff showed that 61 collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists had taken place around the school between 2003 and 2012, with 21 collisions along Avenue 50. Two of those previous collisions took place at the same intersection where Gloria Ortiz was run down by a driver who may have been using a mobile phone when he hit her on the evening of Sept. 14. The driver remains at large.
“After the tragic death of Ms. Ortiz, I expedited the traffic safety improvements–enough is enough,” Cedillo said in a statement. “Our streets have been neglected for far too long and we are taking action to help prevent further tragedies from occurring in front of a school where children should feel safe.”
* Correction: A previous version of this story said the crosswalk was new. That’s wrong. The stop sign is new and the crosswalk was repainted.
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