Third Person this Summer Hit by Car on WeHo's Santa Monica Blvd.

9.2.2014

By Neal Broverman

Is there a dangerous epidemic on the gay-popular thoroughfare?

A man was hit by a car early Tuesday morning in West Hollywood, just steps from popular gay establishments like the Abbey and P.U.M.P. Lounge. The pedestrian, who survived the accident with minor injuries, is the third person hit by a car on Santa Monica Boulevard since June.

Reports indicate the man hit on Tuesday morning was not in a crosswalk and was jaywalking. That appears to be the case in August, when Clinton Bounds, a West Hollywood resident, was killed while walking home from a Santa Monica Boulevard bar. But a man hit and injured by a driver during June — and during the day — was in the crosswalk. Numerous car vs. pedestrian accidents have occurred this year along the stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard known as "Boystown." Four pedestrians have reportedly been killed since May 2013.

A neighborhood coalition, Cross Safe WeHo, was created in the wake of the June accident. The group wants city officials to do more to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety. Following the death of Bounds, a public demonstration took place along city streets, with locals urging the city to install more crosswalks with blinking lights or mid-block crossing signals. Back in February, the city green-lit funds for three more flashing lights at Boystown crosswalks, but locals are upset the city has not yet sought bids for the additions.

Read more here, via WeHoville.

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