Silver Lake pedestrian hit crossing Rowena

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SILVER LAKE — A man walking across Rowena Avenue on Sunday night was struck by a vehicle on  a stretch of roadway that officials have been trying to make safer.

Residents reported that the pedestrian was struck at about 7 p.m. near the Rowena and Herkimer Street outside of Blair’s restaurant.  “The driver did remain on the scene,” said Jerome Courshon, who has been involved in efforts to improve safety along Rowena . “He was extremely shaken up.”

An official with the L.A. Fire Department said the injured pedestrian was transported to a medical facility but had no information on his condition or type of injuries.  A detective with the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division said the collision was not reported to his unit, which receives reports of traffic-related fatalities and major injuries.

Rowena has been the subject of controversial efforts to slow traffic and improve safety through a variety of measures, including the reduction of traffic lanes through a road diet.  The steps were taken after a woman was struck by a car and killed on Rowena in 2012 after she left Edendale Grill.

City transportation officials and many cycling and pedestrian activist have said the road diet has helped reduce collisions. But many neighbors have complained that cut-through traffic has raised safety concerns on narrow side streets while no crosswalks have been added on Rowena and street lighting remains inadequate.

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