Councilmember José Huizar announced Friday a series of safety improvements along Evergreen Ave. in Boyle Heights, where a nun was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in December.
The improvements include a four-way stop sign at Evergreen Ave. and Winter St., new left-pocket turning lanes; an additional utility street light at that intersection to increase visibility at night; and three continental crosswalks at Winter, Malabar and Blanchard streets. Studies have shown that these high-visibility crosswalks improve pedestrian safety.
Father Javier Alvarez serves at Assumption Catholic Church where Sister Raquel Diaz, who was stuck and killed, also served.
“I think these improvements are very helpful,” said Father Alvarez. “Thank you to the City and to the Department of Transportation for their interest in this matter. I would like to thank Councilmember Huizar and all those who helped bring these improvements. On the same note, I think this helps bring awareness to all of us to be more careful.”
“With these improvements, it is all our hope that our community is safer,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I want to thank Assumption Church, the Boyle Heights community, and LADOT for working with us to quickly install these upgrades – I have asked LADOT to continue studying Evergreen to input further safeguards.
“I am a big believer that we must do more as a City to prioritize pedestrian and bike safety and it has been one of my major priorities. For my constituents, I will continue to aggressively work with our departments to install traffic calming measures throughout Council District 14.”
Beyond pushing City policy to be more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly, Councilmember Huizar has worked to install a number of safety enhancements throughout Council District 14, including road diets, traffic lights, flashing crosswalks, protected bike lanes, stop signs, and other traffic calming measures.
A partial list of some of the pedestrian improvements that Councilmember Huizar has helped bring to Boyle Heights include:
- Four-way stop signs at Euclid Ave. and Guirado St. (Euclid Ave. Elementary)
- Flashing crosswalk at 4th St. and Concord St.
- Crosswalk at Cesar Chavez Ave. and Forest St. (flashing lights to be installed in future)
And traffic lights at the following intersections:
- 4th St. and Pecan St.
- 4th St. and Fickett St. (Roosevelt HS)
- Wabash Ave. and Fickett St.
- Whittier Blvd. and Camulos St. (KIPP Charter MS)
- Cesar Chavez Ave. and Fresno St.
- Marengo St. and Cornwell St.
- Cornwell St. and Charlotte Ave. (Bravo Magnet HS).
A $50,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit-and-run that took the life of Sister Raquel Diaz. Police have reported that a small, white four-door compact car, possibly a Toyota or a Nissan, fled the scene. Anybody with information is urged to call LAPD Central Traffic Detectives at (213) 833-3713.