The same Echo Park intersection where a 21-year-old motorist recently died while speeding on Sunset Boulevard was the scene of another traffic accident early Sunday morning. A car traveling eastbound on Sunset Boulevard near Mohawk Street took down a light pole, skidded across the sidewalk and then plowed into trees, parking meters and a row of news racks in front of the building containing a Lucy’s Laundry and other stores. No one, however, was injured in the 1 am accident, and the driver and a passenger walked away from the vehicle, said Capt. Rich Diaz at Los Angeles Fire Station No. 20, which overlooks the intersection. “He said he just lost control,” Diaz said of the driver.
It was three weeks ago Sunday in the same location where Stephanie Silvestre of Los Angeles died after she lost control of her vehicle as it was traveling eastbound at least 70 miles an hour. A cluster of flowers, balloons and stuffed animals in honor of Silvestre still sit near the location of her death and the most recent accident.
The stretch of Sunset Boulevard that bends to the south just west of Alvarado has been the scene of several accidents over the years. Diaz, who was awakened by Sunday night’s accident, said there has been at least five in the seven years he has worked at the station. All those vehicles were traveling eastbound.
What can be done to reduce accidents at the location? “Slow down,” said Diaz.