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Archive for the ‘Injuries and Fatalities’ Category

Cyclist hit by vehicle at 10th St West and Ave I

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The Antelope Valley Press has reported:

. . . fire officials responded to a bicyclist who was injured after being struck by a vehicle.

The crash was reported around 3 p.m. along 10th St West at Avenue I.

This occurred yesterday, Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Nothing further was known and the incident is under investigation by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

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Antelope Valley Press reports on cyclist hit by car on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This morning, the Antelope Valley Press reported on page A2 about the cyclist who was hit by a car after a group ride on Saturday morning. According to their coverage:

A bicyclist hit by a sedan that veered into her lane on the Avenue L bridge over the Antelope Valley Freeway remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition, a sheriff’s official said.

Lisa Collins, 50, of Lancaster was riding west about 10 a.m. Saturday when she was struck by an Acura TSX moving out of its lane and into the off ramp lane, said Sgt. Brian Dunn of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

I rode over the Avenue L bridge yesterday and can report that the speeds driven there are excessive as drivers rush to get to the freeway entrances.

There are no bike lanes on the bridge. I believe the speed limit is 45. It felt like most drivers were going quite a bit over that.

The section of Avenue L from the corner of 10th St West and crossing the freeway to 15th St West is dangerous and making it less so should be a priority for the City of Lancaster.

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Car in hit-and-run traced to Palmdale

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

According to BikinginLA, there’s a BOLO alert for the car involved in the hit-and-run death of Alex Romero in Canoga Park in April.

Authorities have identified the car used to flee the scene after killing Romero in a high-speed collision, and traced it first to Palmdale, then San Pedro before losing track of it. As a result, you’re urged to be on the lookout for the following vehicle —

SUSPECT VEHICLE:

2003 TOYOTA COROLLA 4 DOOR, LIGHT GRY OR SILVER

LIC PLATE: 5FCA061

(REGISTERED TO ADDRESS IN PORTER RANCH)

MISSING RIGHT SIDE MIRROR & FRONT EMBLEM, DAMAGE TO RIGHT PORTION OF WINDSHIELD, AND POSSIBLE FRONT GRILL DAMAGE

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Valley Traffic Detective Krajchir, at (818) 644-8034. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting the word “TIPLA” and the message to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. Tipsters may also go to www.lacrimestoppers.org, click on “Submit a Tip” and follow the prompts.

Safe Streets Northridge reports that the driver first fled to Palmdale and then to San Pedro.

If anyone here in the Antelope Valley knows anything about this case, please call Valley Traffic Detective Krajchir, at (818) 644-8034.

During non-business hours or on weekends, call 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) if you wish to remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers can also be texted, using the word “TIPLA” and addressing the message to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. Or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org, click on “Submit a Tip” and follow the prompts.

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Unsafe Routes to School

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Biking in LA reports on the unsafe condition of LA’s streets near schools:

I knew L.A. wasn’t the safest place to bike or ride.

But it never really sank in until I saw the maps.

Safe Routes to Schools has joined with the LACBC to call attention to just how far this city has to go before children to walk or bike to many schools, especially in lower income areas. New collision maps based on TIMS data (the Transportation Injury Mapping System) clearly shows how many injuries and fatalities occur near schools.

Take a look at the map for the Antelope Valley.

“Now with the TIMS data, the State of California has provided an amazing tool that allows us to see the neighborhoods, intersections and streets of greatest need and make strategic investments. We need the City to provide staff, and create a plan to implement safety improvements quickly, so we can see our transportation priorities shift. For too long, there has been a focus on moving cars to the detriment of our health and communities, the City of Los Angeles needs to put safety and people first,” says Jessica Meaney, California Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

What Jessica Meaney said above concerning the City of Los Angeles can equally be applied to the Antelope Valley. I hope that local cities and the County of Los Angeles along with our local school districts will use this data as a tool to improve the safety of our children.

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