Pedestrian killed on East L.A. Freeway; effort to reduce city traffic fatalities fall short; brush fire damages Griffith Park restroom

Freeway Fatality: A pedestrian was killed after being struck by several cars early this morning on the northbound 5 Freeway near Ditman Avenue in East Los Angeles. A SigAlert was declared at about 5 am when two lanes were closed for an investigation into the incident. L.A. Times

Traffic Deaths: The city of L.A.’s program to reduce traffic fatalities on city streets fell short of its goal last year amid opposition to “road diets” designed to slow down motorists and increase safety. Traffic deaths declined 6% last year, far short of the 20% goal set under the Vision Zero Program. Officials are expected to release an updated traffic safety plan this week. Daily News

Fire: A  fire in Griffith Park that broke out at about 4 am today near the 2100 block of Fern Dell Drive scorched a small amount of brush and damaged a park restroom before being extinguished by 46 firefighters within 23 minutes, said the L.A. Fire Department. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Update: Michael Mario Peerzada, the 80-year-old Lincoln Heights man who went missing last week, was found in good condition and is now back home, LAPD reports.

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  1. In Los Angeles, traffic injuries and deaths, including those of pedestrians, would decrease, along with arsonist-set fires, home and car burglaries and stolen cars, if we had routine LAPD patrols through the inner streets of our neighborhoods.

    Those who are involved in NextDoor, or live in and around Echo Park, are well aware of traffic-related crimes due to drivers breaking speed limit laws, ignoring stop signs and signals, and seeking detours from road-diet routes.

    Upon Chief Beck’s retirement in June we need an LAPD Chief who will not pander to the city council, the mayor and the governor, but will fight for a budget which provides for increased recruitment of officers, and who realizes that effective “community policing” depends heavily on preventative action.

    Anyone interested in crime rates and locations can easily find their neighborhood stats at CrimeMapping.com.

    • It’s really about road design. Our streets have been designed for decades to funnel as many automobiles as possible. The safety of people outside of cars are sadly undervalued. Watching people’s actions every hour of the day, as unrealistic as that is, is not an effective solution.

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