A pedestrian was hit by an automobile in a crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard at Ogden last night, bringing to 17 the number of pedestrian crosswalk accidents in West Hollywood so far this year.
Lt. William Nash of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said the accident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. He said the pedestrian declined medical treatment and apparently was not seriously injured.
Pedestrian accidents have become a major issue in West Hollywood since the injury in June of a man hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard at Westmount and the death in August of Clinton Bounds, a well-known figure in West Hollywood’s gay nightlife community, who was hit by a car while apparently jaywalking across Santa Monica Boulevard at night.
The West Hollywood City Council on Monday instructed city staffers to develop a plan for installing stoplights at crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard that would be synchronized with those at traffic intersections. That plan and other suggestions for improving crosswalk safety will be considered on Monday at a joint meeting of the city’s Transportation and Public Safety commissions, with a final recommendation going to the Council on Oct. 6.
There were 28 pedestrian crosswalk accidents in 2012 and 22 last year. The majority of accidents occurred in crosswalks with traffic stoplights, which some observers attribute to the increased volume of traffic and pedestrians at those street intersections.