A woman who apparently was walking with her husband was hit when two cars crashed around 8 a.m. today on Fountain Avenue at Gardner.
According to witnesses on the scene, the woman was taken to the hospital.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station responded to a call about the accident, only to find that the woman had been removed and the situation cleared, apparently because the Los Angeles Police Department had arrived first. The north side of Fountain Avenue in that area is within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles.
No one answered repeated calls by WEHOville to the front desk of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division. The Hollywood Division’s telephone system does not accept voice mail messages either. An officer at LAPD headquarter’s Media Relations office told WEHOville that its officers had reported the accident to have occurred on Gardner at Sunset Boulevard, which is clearly contradicted by the photo posted with this story, taken by someone on the scene, that shows the Fountain street sign. He said the woman was around 25 years old but had no further information.
Vehicle accidents on Fountain Avenue have become a major issue for those living along it and on its side streets. At a recent West Hollywood City Council meeting, Hany Demitri, the city’s principal engineer, said there have been 20 accidents on Fountain since December 2016. One of those accidents, which occurred on Sept. 1 this year, resulted in the death of Enrique Lopez-Nava, a long-time resident of Formosa Avenue, who was hit by a car as he walked across Fountain.
At its meeting on Monday, the City Council pushed City Hall to quickly implement some procedures to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety.
Demitri told the Council that city staffers already are working on an interim plan to improve safety on Fountain Avenue. He said he already has met with a subcommittee composed of members of the city’s Transportation and Public Safety commissions to present interim and short-term and long-term plans to address safety issues. Demitri said he hopes to have the interim plan ready to present to the City Council in February.
In the meantime, council members John D’Amico and Lauren Meister asked that the city take steps such as moving to Fountain some of the mobile traffic warning signs that were placed on Santa Monica Boulevard before the pedestrian crosswalk synchronized traffic lights were installed there. The city already has put four flashing lights on Fountain to warn drivers to slow down.