Hit-and-run driver arrested for bicyclist’s death; plus, “Safe Streets” bill introduced

A 22-year-old Panorama City man was arrested and charged on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter Sunday, the L.A. Times reports.  Police say Alejandro Hidalgo was under the influence when he struck and killed a 44-year-old bicyclist on Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park at about 1:45 a.m.  The identity of the biker has not yet been released.

In other related traffic safety news, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian’s “Safe Streets” Bill, AB766, is set to be heard a week from today on Monday, April 27.  The bill “would allow a local authority retain a prima facie speed limiton any street, other than a state highway, if the local authority makes a finding, after a public hearing, that a higher speed limit is not the most appropriate for the orderly movement of traffic upon the street and does not promote a safe environment for the neighborhood or pedestrians.”

The bill would benefit San Fernando Valley neighborhoods where pedestrian accidents are on the rise.  The L.A. City Council is raising speed limits on four busy Valley streets, CSU Northridge’s Daily Sundial writes.  Zelzah Avenue, which runs along the college campus’ east side, will have its speed limit raised by five miles per hour in order to keep up with drivers’ average speeds on the street.  But the university newspaper reports the speed limit raise is being met with criticism amid increasing pedestrian accidents, of which two recent ones resulted in deaths.  Just three weeks ago, LAPD’s Devonshire division addressed this problem when they held an early-morning  sting at Reseda Boulevard and Dearborn Street by CSUN aimed towards drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians crossing the street.

More to come on the subject!

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