Pedestrian Hit Tuesday on Rowena in Silver Lake

A car hit a young man wearing running clothes at about 7:10 p.m. He was crossing the busy street south on to West Silver Lake Drive.

LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives will be trying to find out more about what happened Tuesday evening at Rowena Avenue and West Silver Lake Drive.

That's where a car headed west on Rowena struck a man crossing the street at the light.

Sergeant Chris Carson,  Acting Watch Commander at the LAPD's Central Traffic Division, told Patch that LAFD Station 56 paramedics took the man to County USC Medical Center.

He was treated for some injuries, though his condition was not critical.  He appeared to be in his mid to late twenties.

Carter said the driver, a female, remained on the scene, and was fully registered and licensed.

A witness reportedly said the car did not stop at the red light where the man was crossing in the crosswalk.

Patch blogger Josh Post (and CD 13 candidate) was at the accident scene just a few minutes after the man was struck.

Another pedestrian died crossing Rowena recently. A jogger was also hit by a car on West Silver Lake Drive near the Reservoir.

The incidents, combined with a pedestrian death in Echo Park, have made traffic safety a hot topic in both Silver Lake and Echo Park, with CD 4's Tom LaBonge's office recently organizing a community meeting on the subject.

An LADWP pipeline project will roil Rowena for several more months.


charles herman-wurmfeld May 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
the structure of the street can teach us/ guide us to pay better attention. think about how much attention gets paid on a small, narrow, winding street as opposed a highway. this is a highway and needs to feel and function more like a live street where people are aware our neighborhood family (that's all of us) is vulnerable and drivers are coaxed to drive safely by physical changes to the street landscape. signs won't protect us, walls wont protect us, signals won't protect us - new innovative street STRUCTURE will. our city councilman tells us we're safe only at signalized lights -- apparently he's wrong, we're not safe there either -- write tom labonge and the Silver Lake Neighborhood council to say "the structure of the road needs to be modified to actually calm traffic down and increase driver awareness thereby creating safer, calmer, more friendly streets across the neighborhood".
Zeppo99 May 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Rowena is obviously not a highway. It's a neighborhood street that connects a few dense residential areas to each other as well as the freeways (the actual "highways" of LA). It has a speed limit and a school zone as does most other streets in the county. Improper or inadequate enforcement of the law is an important issue to discuss. We must demand enforcement of the existing laws before we start deconstructing and squeezing traffic back into the surrounding neighborhoods. We must not allow ourselves to be propagandized by some individuals who have ulterior motives in promoting their investments in businesses involving the importing, sales, parts distribution and service of bicycles.
Brightwell May 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I was just outside talking to a customer at my shop on Rowena about this accident (which I witnessed firsthand) when, as bad luck should have it, two cyclists were plowed into by a woman driving an SUV as recklessly. Thankfully their injuries seemed more minor than the pedestrian's the other night.
Anthea Raymond May 12, 2012 at 02:27 AM
@Eric, Oh no! That was at what corner?
Zeppo99 May 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Good to hear that the injuries were minor. I guess the obsessed community will want to know if any of the parties involved were distracted by or even using any electronic devices.


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