A pedestrian in a crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard near La Peer was hit by a car around 3 p.m. today.
According to the watch commander at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, she sustained minor injuries and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment. No additional information was available about the incident as of publication.
This afternoon’s incident is the fourth involving a pedestrian crossing Santa Monica Boulevard in the past 14 days. The most serious was an accident on Aug. 22 when Clinton Bounds, a man well known in West Hollywood’s gay nightlife community, was struck and killed while jaywalking on Santa Monica Boulevard around 11 p.m.
The death of Bounds, and another crosswalk accident that wasn’t fatal on June 28 on Santa Monica Boulevard near Westmount, have provoked protests and a demonstration by local residents who say the city isn’t doing enough to protect pedestrians.
In response, Mayor John D’Amico and City Councilmember John Heilman have put on the City Counci’s Monday agenda a proposal to install pedestrian-activated stoplights at all crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards
D’Amico and Heilman also are recommending that the Transportation and Public Safety commissions hold a joint meeting on Sept. 15 to consider pedestrian safety issues. They will recommend that city employees bring back to the Council on Oct. 6 a plan for installing the new crosswalk lights and that they took a look at all crosswalks in the city to determine if there are pedestrian safety issues associated with them.
The pedestrian-activated lights would be coordinated with regular traffic lights at intersections, reducing the impact of their use on the flow of traffic.
Other recent crosswalk accidents include a young man being hit by a car yesterday while in a crosswalk at Santa Monica Boulevard at San Vicente. Another man, apparently jaywalking, was hit by a car when he attempted to cross Santa Monica Boulevard near Larrabee on Monday. He suffered minor injuries.
A citizen campaign to push the city to take more action on crosswalk safety was sparked by an accident on June 28 in which a man was hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard near Westmount. That prompted the City Council to authorize installation of flashing lights at additional crosswalks. Unlike regular traffic signals, such flashing lights serve more as a warning sign than a clear indication that a driver or pedestrian must stop until the light changes.