Councilmember John D’Amico to Host Community Safety Forum in the Wake of Recent Pedestrian Fatalities

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Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood between La Cienega Blvd and LA Brea is used as an alternative thoroughfare to the highly congested traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. With its long stretches of single lane roadways flanked by parked cars, narrow sidewalks, poorly lit, un-signalized pedestrian crosswalks and vehicles often traveling well above the speed limit of 35mph, residents have raised safety issues for decades.

Enrique Lopez-Nava

On Friday, Sept. 1 a 60-year-old man, Enrique Lopez-Nava was struck by a vehicle and killed near the corner of Stanley and Fountain avenue according to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station the incident involved two cars and occurred at 11:50 p.m. Lopez-Nava was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for The Los Angeles County Coroner said their report indicated that Nava was hit while crossing the street by a vehicle traveling approximately 35 mph.

As reported earlier by the Park LaBrea News/Beverly Hills Press “Deputy John Heald of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said the speed limit on Fountain Avenue is 35 mph. The driver stopped at the scene. Drug or alcohol impairment was not a factor and the driver was not arrested or cited.”

The deceased, Enrique Lopez-Lava, a longtime West Hollywood resident lived on the 1100 Block of Formosa Ave. and is survived by his widow, Angelica and sons Ernesto and Enrique.

Less than a year ago, a 22-year-old female passenger was killed on Oct. 27 in a vehicle crash on near Fountain and Stanley Avenues in West Hollywood, that left three other people critically injured.

Car Crash on Fountain Ave/ Photo credit: Marco Colantonio

That collision occurred when an unidentified male driver of a mid-2000s Infiniti, traveling west on Fountain Avenue lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked car.

Sgt. Enrique Mandujan of the West Hollywood Sheriff Station told the LA Times, “a 2004 Infiniti was traveling at a high rate of speed on Fountain Avenue when it sideswiped a parked vehicle. The car then collided with a light pole, struck a fence and came to rest upside down in the westbound lanes of Fountain Avenue, west of Stanley Avenue,” Mandujan said.

The victim, Nicole Alas of Montebello, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Detective Mark Wilson, of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, excessive speed was likely a factor.

City of West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico will host a community forum to discuss pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle safety on Fountain Avenue on the City’s Eastside. The forum will take place on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. 

The community forum will engage community members in a discussion about recent accidents on Fountain Avenue and about ongoing efforts to study and implement bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements. There will be opportunities for community input regarding short- and long-term solutions for safety improvements on Fountain Avenue.

Attendees will include representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, staff members from the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department and Long Range and Mobility Planning Division, and Commissioners from the City’s Public Safety Commission and Transportation Commission.

Community members are encouraged to attend; the community forum is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

For more information, please contact the office of Councilmember John D’Amico at West Hollywood City Hall at (323) 848-6460.

 

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Marco Colantonio is a longtime West Hollywood resident and community activist, former West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board member and founder/publisher emeritus of WEHO TIMES.
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