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L.A. Superior Court Judge Killed While Crossing The Street
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge was stuck by a car and killed Monday evening as he crossed Beverwil Drive, near his home, in West L.A. Daniel L. Brenner, who specialized in communications law according to the L.A. Times, is remembered by his friends and colleagues as a brilliant judge and attorney, and above-all good friend.At around 6 p.m. on Monday, a 38-year-old man from Calabasas driving north on Beverwil Drive when he hit Brenner as the judge walked across the street. Brenner, who was 64, was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after, according to the Daily News.
His death, though, serves as a reminder that even for the most vigilant, the streets can be deadly. Earlier on Monday, a 24-year-old national guardsmen was killed in a hit-and-run in Boyle Heights. A few hours later, in Walnut, a motorist intentionally struck and killed a jogger.
The judge's death comes a few weeks after Los Angeles was named a "Vision Zero" focus city, an initiative to totally eliminate traffic deaths among motorists, pedestrians, and other road users.
Though the motorist who killed Brenner remained at the scene, and will not face criminal charges for doing so, the incident underscores the need to pay attention while piloting two-ton vehicle.
Governor Brown appointed Brenner to the bench in 2012, after which Brenner presided over a civil courtroom at the Chatsworth Courthouse. At the time of his appointment, Brenner was a partner at Hogan Lovells, an international law-firm.
Aside from his work as a judge, Brenner performed stand-up comedy across the country. He also worked as adjunct faculty at several universities, including Georgetown and UCLA, as well as lecturing work at USC.