PREVENT MASS TRAGEDY AT OVERLAND ELEMENTARY!
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On January 12, 2017, a car traveling southbound in the right lane on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles was struck by a northbound vehicle tuning left on Ashby Avenue.
The car ran up onto the sidewalk and crashed into the house at the southwest corner where, earlier that day, a group of Overland Avenue Elementary students and parents waited with a crossing guard.
It was the third accident in one month.
In each case, a car crashed onto the corner sidewalk where, twice each day during the school year, as many as 200 children and their parents gather to cross the street on their way to and from school.
These weren’t isolated incidents. Since the Overland Avenue expansion, the intersection at Overland and Ashby has become one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles, with dozens of accidents in the past year alone.
It’s only a matter of time before crashes like these will injure or kill children and parents.
Parents have repeatedly contacted the offices of Councilmember Paul Koretz and the Board of Transportation, yet nothing has been done.
Now we, the parents of Overland Avenue Elementary students and concerned local citizens, demand that the Board of Transportation immediately take the following measures to remedy this situation:
- Install barriers on the four corners of the intersection.
- Add a second crossing guard to the alternative crosswalk at Northvale and Overland.
- Close the right-hand lanes to traffic during school hours.
- Install traffic arrows for cars traveling east and west.
Without these actions, mass tragedy isn’t a question of if—but when.
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff and Jennifer Grayson
Overland Avenue Elementary Parents
photo credit: Facebook.com/StoptheWrecksOverland
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