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The death of Ashley Sandau, who died after being hit by a car while walking across Rowena Avenue in late March, has prompted many Silver Lake residents to ask the city to improve pedestrian and traffic safety along Rowena. But what can be done? The opening of new shops and restaurants on Rowena between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue finds more people dashing across a busy street with no crosswalks and only one traffic signal along a half mile stretch. Silver Lake residents will provide and hear traffic safety ideas at a community scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. today at Ivanhoe Elementary.
Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is hosting the meeting, has in general been opposed the installations of marked crosswalks because they create a false sense of security but he remains open to ideas, said LaBonge spokesman Todd Leitz.
Sandau, a resident of Canyon Country, crossed Rowena mid block about 175 feet from the nearest intersection at Auburn Street when she was struck on a Friday night by a westbound vehicle, said Dec. Michael Kaden of the Central Traffic Bureau. “The drivers said he never saw her before the accident occurred,” said Kaden. The driver, who was not speeding or under the influence, was not legally at fault and faces no charges, Kaden said.
“I feel sorry for her family. I feel sorry for the man who hit her,” Kaden said. “It’s something you have to live with for the rest of your life.”