Two Accidents, One Fatal, Involving Glendale Pedestrians
Today, Monday, at about 8:30 a.m., Glendale police officers received a call of a traffic collision at Western Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard.
The preliminary investigation revealed the driver, an 18-year-old Burbank woman, was driving her pick-up truck eastbound on Glenoaks Boulevard when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center median. The pick-up proceeded through the westbound lanes and struck a man, 49, sitting on the bus bench located at the northwest corner.
The man was taken to Los Angeles County Hospital with severe lower extremity injuries and is listed in critical condition, according to GPD.
The driver remained at the scene and was evaluated and determined not be under the influence. The female was driving on a “learner’s permit” and her father was a passenger.
The accident remains under investigation by detectives.
A fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle occurred in Glendale on Saturday.
The accident occurred at about 9 p.m. at the intersection of Verdugo Road and Colorado Boulevard.
A 25-year-old Eagle Rock woman was illegally crossing westbound Colorado Boulevard at Verdugo Road when she was struck by a driver, a 67-year-old Glendale woman. The driver remained at the scene and was found not be driving under the influence, according to GPD reports.
The Glendale Fire Dept. transported the pedestrian to Glendale Adventist Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m.
Detectives spoke with several witnesses who saw the victim crossing against a red light. The accident remains under investigation by detectives.
This pedestrian accident is the third such fatality for 2014 in the city of Glendale.
“In order to reduce traffic collision occurrences, there needs to be a change in mindset by all parties to refocus attention on the road and safety behaviors. Refocusing drivers on the road won’t be easy. Through a combination of an educational campaign, increased enforcement actions, and community involvement and support we can make strides to improve roadway safety in Glendale,” stated Police Chief Rob Castro, in a released statement. “I am disheartened that another preventable traffic collision fatality has occurred and my thoughts are with the victim’s family.”
The Glendale Police Dept. reminds everyone that strict enforcement has been in place and will continue through 2014 and 2015.