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    Car and Motorcycle Collision Snarls Rush Hour at Fairfax Ave and Santa Monica Blvd

    A car and a motorcycle collision snarled rush hour traffic at the busy intersection of Fairfax and Santa Monica Wednesday evening. Traffic was jammed for hours according to reports.

    A witness tells WEHO TIMES, West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition Chair Kevin Burton heard the collision while bicycling on his way home from work. He assisted the motorcyclist to the sidewalk along the Just Food for Dogs shop located on the southeast corner of the intersection. “The car was on Santa Monica turning left onto Fairfax when it collided with the motorcyclist who was headed east on Santa Monica,” said Burton.

    Kevin Burton – Photo provided courtesy of Victor Omelczenko
    West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition Chair Kevin Burton seen assisting injured motorcyclist – Photo provided courtesy of Victor Omelczenko.

    Around the same time, West Hollywood Center City resident Victor Omelczenko was leaving the Whole Foods Market. “I heard the crash at 6:03 pm, and it was good to see the sheriff and fire departments arrive within 5 minutes to handle the situation,” said Omelczenko. “The car driver appeared uninjured, but the motorcyclist was taken away in an ambulance.”

    The driver was not able to remove the vehicle out of the intersection. The car was later pushed to the southwest side of Fairfax Avenue. Traffic was still snarled at 7:00pm because the motorcycle was still in the road being inspected by responders.

    Photo provided courtesy of Victor Omelczenko
    Photo provided courtesy of Victor Omelczenko

    The accident occurred on the day that The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic safety operation in West Hollywood from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to focus on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk in West Hollywood.

    These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to cyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to greatly reduce the risk of getting injured or in a crash:

    Pedestrians

    • Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.
    • Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.
    • Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.
    • Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.
    • Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

    Drivers

    • Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
    • Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.
    • Never drive impaired.

    Bicyclists

    • Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet.
    • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
    • Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.
    • If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.
    • Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    ThomasS
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    1 month ago

    Sorry I’m sure the motorcycle was speeding and cutting traffic as usual
    Thank You Jerry Brown

    TheCorrector
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    1 month ago

    Stupid people like you are funny! 

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