Highland Park crash leaves pedestrian dead in second fatal weekend collision

Pedestrian killed on Figueroa Street in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK — A 60-year-old man was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a car as he was walking across Figueroa Street, police said. It was the second fatal traffic collision of the day in Highland Park.

The victim, described as a male Black, was walking eastbound across Figueroa at about 8 pm when he was struck by a Kia Optima traveling northbound on Figueroa as it approached Myosotis Street, according to the LAPD Central Traffic Division.

“The driver of the KIA stopped after the collision and attempted to render aid,” said a police statement. “Los Angeles Fire Department Station 12 responded to the scene, however, the pedestrian did not respond to life saving efforts and succumbed to his injuries.”

The identity of the victim hasn’t been released pending notification of next of kin.

A few hours before, a motorcyclist was killed a few blocks away in collision with an automobile at York Boulevard and Mesa Avenue.

Anyone with information about the Figueroa crash is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Campos at (213) 486-0755 or Officer Mendoza at (213) 486-0756 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 388-3746. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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  1. Two deaths, two KIAs. Maybe we ought to register them, or something!

  2. We must all care about these types of tragic crashes but we must also ask, would the Google car have stopped in time? What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 30 – 40 feet shorter, perhaps in an even shorter distance than the Google car. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer (But girly!) left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers (over 40!), inefficient(poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking on automatic transmission cars. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431. NHTSA insists on calling it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the driver rather than their beloved right foot braking method. Score to date 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men both in and out of government are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in right foot braking on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods! Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

    • Looking at the street configuration here (four through lanes and a center turn lane) and considering the time of day, I wouldn’t be surprised if traffic was moving at a fairly high speed. Considering autonomous cars generally see better in the dark than humans can and won’t drive faster than the law allows, my guess is that a “Google car” probably would have stopped in time.

  3. I don’t know what’s the appropriate term but “male black” sounds not right. Perhaps male of African descent would be better? I guess maybe he’s not of African descent, but there must be a catch-all term like “Caucasian” that sounds better than “Male Black” though.

    • I agree, if not something like “African-American male” at least “black (not capitalized) male” where the emphasis is on gender vs. race.

  4. I hope “male Black” was a typo.

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