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Hollywood Boulevard: For People or Cars?
Two years ago the community joined City Council President Eric Garcetti on the Great Hollywood Walkabout conducted by Deborah Murphy who then made recommendations which included reclassifying Hollywood Boulevard to include a pedestrian priority classification. Then and today, Hollywood Boulevard is still classified and engineered as a Major Highway.
This morning, a vehicle involved in killing two pedestrians on the boulevard last night still sat in the middle of the street. The two victims were reportedly holding hands as they walked across the street. The motorist was being pursued by an LAPD traffic officer, ran a red light, struck the couple and continued down Hollywood Boulevard before he stopped and was arrested, according to the LAPD.
In addition to still being classified as a Major Highway, at issue is the immediate concerns about a police auto pursuit on Hollywood Boulevard in a community with a significant pedestrian activity. According to police, the pursuit only lasted between 45 and 50 seconds.