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Update: Pedestrian Killed in Silver Lake ID'd

LAPD Lieutenant Mike Menza says pedestrian fatalities are frequent in the city of Los Angeles.

Updated Sunday: The EastsiderLA reports that an official with the county coroner’s office identified the victim as 24-year-old Ashley Sandau of Canyon Country.

Previously: A 24-year-old woman died Friday night after being struck by a vehicle as she attempted to cross the street.

The incident took place at on the 2800 block of Rowena Ave. at 10:30 p.m., just in front of trendy gastropub , where according to LAPD Lieutenant Mike Menza the victim had frequented prior to the fatal accident.

"She was walking to her car and got hit," Menza said. "Unfortunately, this is something that we deal with a lot."

The driver of the vehicle was detained and released. According to Menza, it had been determined that no crime had been committed, and visibility may have been the cause.

Menza said the victim was not in a crosswalk when the incident occured, and also added that pedestrian fatalities are the leading type of traffic fatalities in the city.

Jesus of silverlake April 01, 2012 at 01:59 PM
That's a really dark street , very sorry for the girl family, I'm surprised by business there and the city as well , because this has happen before only a block away a couple were run over but the driver got away , they really need more lights in that area!
kelly April 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
since we have been unable to get more crosswalks put in, or traffic lessened maybe more lighting is the solution?
Kristen Lepore April 01, 2012 at 06:47 PM
This is so sad and unfortunate. Lighting seems to be a viable solution, but I also think both drivers and pedestrians need to be more careful. I wonder how fast the car was driving? My condolences to her friends and family.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@Kelly--That is a crazy corner, comparable only to Echo Park's Mohawk Bend, where there is also a restaurant with valet parking creating a distraction. Lighting would help, but awareness too, as Kristen suggests. Maybe Garcetti or LaBonge's office will organize a town hall around this and the other pedestrian injury this week along the Silver Lake Reservoir. You can read more in Craig Collins' blog post from yesterday: http://echopark.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-help-prevent-more-traffic-injuries-along-the-silver-lake-reservoir http://echopark.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-help-prevent-more-traffic-injuries-along-the-silver-lake-reservoir
Kim Axelrod Ohanneson April 01, 2012 at 09:21 PM
My deepest condolences to the family of the young woman who was killed in this tragic accident. I am a friend of the couple that Jesus mentions; they were struck by a hit-and-run driver who was never found. It's been a number of years since their accident but as far as I know, no additional lighting and/or crosswalks have been added to that dangerous stretch of Rowena.
DONALD SPELLMAN April 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I AM FROM RIPLEY, NEW YORK( ONE OF ASHLEY'S HOME TOWNS) THIS YOUNG GIRL ASHLEY WAS THE SWEETEST GIRL YOU COULD EVER MEET. SOOOOOOO SAD! I HOPE SOMEONE PUSHES TO GET SOMETHING DONE BEFORE IT HAPPENS AGAIN. THIS GIRL WAS LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER !!!!!!
Anthea Raymond (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
@Oh Donald--Thank you for weighing in. Important for us to know this!
JWC April 11, 2012 at 05:52 AM
There are numerous solutions. First, Rowena needs traffic calming. Drivers gun it down this street. Rowena is also a big feeder to the Los Angeles River bike path, and it would be good to have it on a road diet with bike paths. Further, everyone needs to be part of getting folks in Silver Lake to slow down. Cars race too fast around the reservoir with tragic results. Drivers have been taking Angus as a cut through from Griffith Park to Rowena or W Silver Lake, putting to many cars winding that hill too fast. This is a neighborhood filled with kids and they should feel safe walking the streets.

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