A young man in his 20s was hit by a car while crossing Santa Monica Boulevard at its intersection with San Vicente around 5 p.m. today.
According to Lt. Dave Smith of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, the man was in the pedestrian crosswalk when he was hit by a driver making a left turn. The collision threw the pedestrian onto the hood of the driver’s car. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.
Smith said investigators will determine whether the driver or pedestrian was violating the law. There is no further information as of publication about the pedestrian’s condition.
The accident is the latest in a series of pedestrian accidents that have sparked public protests and pleas for action by city government from West Hollywood residents.
Another accident occurred in the early hours of Monday when a man was hit by a car when he apparently attempted to cross Santa Monica Boulevard near Larrabee without using a pedestrian crosswalk. He suffered minor injuries.
But the accident that caused the biggest outpouring of public comment occurred on Aug. 22 when Clinton Bounds, a well-known figure in West Hollywood’s gay bar community, was killed while trying to cross Santa Monica Boulevard near Hancock Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Bounds apparently was jaywalking when he was hit.
Cross Safe WeHo, a citizens group organized to press the city to take more action to protect pedestrians, and others are expected to turn out for the City Council’s Sept. 8 meeting, where the issue is likely to be on the Council agenda. Pedestrian safety advocates have launched a petition on Change.org to urge West Hollywood city leaders to do something to improve the situation. As of this writing, the petition has 459 signatures.