Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Silver Lake crash leaves two men seriously injured

Photo by Craig Collins

SILVER LAKE — Two men loading a wood chipper parked on a Silver Lake street were struck from behind by a car this afternoon, with the impact severing both legs of one man and leaving the other with broken bones, police said.

The victims were struck at about 3:10 p.m. by a vehicle driven by a 72-year-old woman headed northbound on Glendale Boulevard near Bancroft Avenue, said Officer Manny Garza with the LAPD Central Traffic Bureau. The workers’ truck and wood chipper were parked next to the curb and out of the traffic lanes when it was rammed by the woman’s car traveling between 30 to 40 miles per hour, he said.

The 29-year-old victim had both legs severed between the ankle and knee; the 19-year-old victim suffered a broken leg. Both men were transported to County USC Medical Center for treatment. The driver was also transported to a hospital.

It’s still not clear what caused the collision. The case remains under investigation.

Officer stands between wood chipper and woman’s vehicle. | Craig Collins

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  1. Jesus. Old people behind the wheel are a menace. They should not be allowed to drive. Thing is, 72 isn’t even that old.

    • The key to getting older people to drive less is to plan cities with safe, convenient alternatives to driving a car. You’d be surprised how many of them wish they didn’t have to drive at all. But maybe, just maybe, your plan of shaming them will work. In the meantime, stay off my lawn.

  2. This is horrible! Whether it makes a difference or not, safety cones don’t seem to be placed around the chipper and workers.

  3. cshow — statistically, younger people are a much bigger menace. A texting 30-year-old could as easily have veered into these men. I’m with you, that elderly people are on the road much too much, given the inevitable age-related impairments: vision, hearing, cognition, reflex speed. But your life is at greater risk from the driver in the SUV who’s weaving through traffic, running red lights — and is almost never a senior citizen.

  4. Eeesh. Glad neither were fed into that chipper. That woulda been some gory Fargo shit there…

    • One of the victims lost both of his legs; it can’t get much gorier than that. I hope he’s able to navigate the system well enough to get a decent insurance settlement to cover his medical bills and future lost wages.

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