10Feb

Supervisor Hahn Demands Immediate Action After East Whittier Boy is Struck by Car

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn called for the immediate installation of a new traffic light in East Whittier at the site where a young boy was hit by a car yesterday while walking home from elementary school.

Yesterday at 3:14 pm, a driver failed to stop at a crosswalk between Candlelight and First Avenue in East Whittier and struck a seven-year-old boy as he walked home from school. After paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, the boy was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he is currently being treated for serious injuries.

Upon hearing of the incident, Supervisor Hahn immediately sent traffic engineers from the Los Angeles Public Works Department to examine the site and ordered them to install a traffic light. At her request the California Highway Patrol will send more officers to the area before and after school hours to prevent and prosecute reckless driving.

“As a mother and grandmother, my heart goes out to the child’s family, his teachers and classmates, and all those who love him,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I can only imagine the pain they are in. It is our duty to protect our children and I will do everything in my power to make the intersection of Candlelight and First safer for the many schoolchildren who use it every day. Please join me in praying for the second grader and his family.”

 

Contact: Liz Odendahl

lodendahl@bos.lacounty.gov

(213) 379-6301