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    Man in Vespa Scooter Injured After Being Clipped by Moving Vehicle

    A man riding a Vespa scooter was injured after being clipped by a vehicle at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Westmount Drive in West Hollywood. The accident occurred during rush hour on Friday night, at roughly 5 p.m.

    Several witnesses reported that a white vehicle drove off after clipping the scooter, causing the driver to topple over. He suffered a head injury after losing his helmet before hitting the ground. He also had several scrapes and cuts on his legs from the fall.

    Los Angeles Fire Station 7 responded to the scene, and the man was rushed to a nearby hospital. Santa Monica Boulevard was reopened to moving traffic around 5:45 p.m.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic safety operation in West Hollywood on Thursday to focus on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide the 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
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    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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    Peter Duckler
    Peter Duckler
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    11 days ago

    I am the person that was clipped and featured in this article. I need to thank you Paulo for writing this piece because honestly it’s the only information I have on what happened (I don’t recall a thing after a serious concussion, a few broken ribs, and considerable bruises). I haven’t been able to get any information (or cooperation) from the police, radio silence. It’s been frustrating trying to get any sort of answers or even footage that would help identify the vehicle that left the scene. At least I have this article — and Paulo, I’d welcome the opportunity… Read more »

    Sam B
    Sam B
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    1 month ago

    I’m surprised I haven’t been clipped yet as I ride my personal scooter to and from work daily. Metro Bus seems to want to get as close as possible. Tesla Tools think we should all move for them and sometimes honk, even when legally following the rules of the road. Prius People are just oblivious to others on the road.

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    1 month ago

    I hope he is ok! Hit n runs are not ok! I hope the police catch him sooner or later he should’ve stopped whether it was his fault or not. Anyone should stop if they hit another car or buss or bicyclist or pedestrian.!!!!

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    Another example of a wealthy westsider(the worst from beverly hells) with their environmental ruining fossil fuel burning high status eurotrash mobiles having NO regard for the lives of pedestrians &, those using more responsible modes of transportation. Also there’s an even better Electric Vespa model available! The white car’s driver who fled the scene of the accident may be guilty of a “felony hit & run” under California Vehicle Code 20001,”a hit & run causing any injury or death will be charged as a felony offense.Automobiles have a higher duty of care than Pedestrians & Scooters

    Jerome Cleary
    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    omg

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