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Lincoln Heights resident calls for safety improvements following North Broadway crash

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Photo by Gillas Correa

BY LUCY GUANUNA

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — A rear-end collision on Monday left three persons injured, including a child, after one of the vehicles hit a light pole on a stretch of road that one resident says needs safety improvements after several crashes.

The collision happened at around 5 p.m. after a 1979 Chevy El Camino, traveling northbound on North Broadway and Prince Street at a high speed, struck the rear end of a Ford pickup truck that was also traveling northbound on Broadway Avenue, said Detective Felix Padilla with LAPD’s Central Traffic Division.

The collision caused the El Camino to run off of Broadway and strike a light pole. The passengers, a 7-year-old boy, suffered minor scratches and bruises and a 33-year-old woman complained of pain to her shoulder, said Padilla. The driver, a 31-year-old man, also suffered minor scratches and bruises. They were transported to a hospital to be treated. The driver in the Ford was not injured.

Gillas Correa, who lives near the intersection,  said residents have asked officials for safety improvements along this stretch of Broadway after several collisions. Correa said he’s aware of five crashes so far this year.

Part of the problem, Correa said in an email, is that drivers tend to speed on a quarter-mile, uphill stretch of North Broadway between Mission Road and Lincoln High School:

“That section of road is wide, there are no business and almost no houses there, just a hill side on both sides. It almost feels like you left the city and you are entering a country road, so drivers step on the gas to get up hill and they pick up speed fast before they realize they are going at 40 or 50 miles an hour, even thought the speed limit is only 30 miles per hour. The hilltop hides a blind spot …  The results can be catastrophic.”

“Local residents have been asking for a flashing speed limit sign to be placed on the eastbound side of N Broadway for quite some time now,” Correa said. “How many more people will have to get hurt before the city does something about it?”

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Photo by Gillas Correa

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Photo by Gillas Correa

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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5 comments

  1. Looks like a flashing warning sign as described by Mr. Correa would be great idea, especially with the history of crashes in that area.

    That’s an old El Camino, I wonder if seat belts were in use. It’s sort of amazing that injuries were not worse, but glad that is the case.

  2. Highland Park Neighbor

    That El Camino looks just like one I see very often around our neighborhood speeding doing circles and burning tire, so very disturbing when it is right outside our windows at late night while families sleep. Good thing is that everyone is okay and no one got majorly hurt.

    • I understand, we have motorcyclists who make as much noise as possible outside our windows. Also, there was a little child in the El Camino who was/is in danger if the driver habitually drives recklessly.

    • That is the same one, he was racing when the accident accured. I don’t understand why the police did nothing to the driver!!! He street races all the time.

  3. Until safety improvements can be studied, approved and implemented, how about all of you reckless and entitled drivers slow down and drive safe. The things I’ve seen up and down that hilly stretch is not for the faint of heart. Far too many selfish morons live and drive in L.A.

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