3 Deaths, 3 Years, 1 Road: Pacific Palisades Community to Meet

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An impromptu memorial for Nick Rosser, who died this weekend in a crash | Photo by PeterDuke via Flickr

The latest death on curvy and high speed Palisades Drive in Pacific Palisades has prompted local residents to call a meeting tonight in order to request "immediate action by the City of Los Angeles to implement safety measures on Palisades Drive and Sunset Blvd."

On Saturday, local teen Nick Rosser died when he was involved in a head on collision. Last fall, a woman was killed when a high school student hit her while riding his bicycle. The year before, another death involving a high school student.

"Locals have been trying for years to get the LADOT to do something about the dangerous conditions on the the unlit, unsafe racetrack that's creepily lined with memorials to the victims of its twists and turns," writes Westside blogger Tabloid Baby. Therefore, residents from the Palisades Highlands development are meeting tonight to discuss. Meeting info below:

Dear Neighbors:

After the occurrence of another fatal accident on Palisades Drive (Saturday) we are requesting immediate action by the City of Los Angeles to implement safety measures on Palisades Drive and Sunset Blvd.

A meeting will be held at Rustic Canyon Park, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, 8:00 PM, Gallery Room. We want to discuss possible solutions to traffic issues on these high risk streets, and send a letter to City officials requesting immediate action. Those of you not able to attend, we know you are as concerned as we are, so please forward the attached letter to Councilman Rosendahl (BillRosendahl@aol.com) and Mayor Villaraigosa (mayor@lacity.org) with any changes you deem appropriate.

Please forward the attached letter to all of your contacts in the Palisades / Brentwood area.

Thank you for you concern.

Attached Letter Copy:

Open Letter to Bill Rosendahl, Councilman, 11th District and Mayor Antonio Villarigosa.

Re: Traffic safety - Palisades Drive and Sunset Blvd.

We are writing to request immediate action with respect to traffic safety measures on Palisades Drive, in Pacific Palisades, and Sunset Blvd., as it traverses Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.

Saturday’s unfortunate fatal accident only served as the most recent reminder that death and injuries have continued for years on these streets without implementation of safety measures.

We believe we are speaking on behalf of our entire community when we state that we require an immediate response from City officials that consists of a plan to improve safety and prevent accidents on the two subject streets. Studies and long term planning are simply inadequate at this point as we are not speaking about trying to prevent possible accidents from occurring. Rather, we need to act now because these horrendous events have already occurred and will continue until some type of action is taken. In our view, it is essential that the City be able to advise us of temporary measures that can be implemented tomorrow, the next day, and the day after that, until a satisfactory long term plan is in place.

We fully understand priorities, yet we know that the prevention of these accidents must be considered to be a concern which places it at the top of any priority list that is concerned with the health, welfare, and actual lives of the people you serve.