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Update: Motorist Arrested in Fatal Figueroa Accident

Richard A. Edurson is under arrest for charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Richard A. Edurson, 24, has been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on charges of vehicular manslaughter following an accident that killed a pedestrian on North Figueroa Street early Thursday morning.

According to Sergeant Larry Delgado of LAPD's Central Traffic Division, Edurson was found to be under the influence of an intoxicant at the time of the accident.

Central Traffic's incident report states that Edurson was traveling on North Figueroa Street north of Woodside Drive in his vehicle when he lost control and crashed into a pedestrian, who was pinned between Edurson's Jeep and a parked Toyota.

Edurson's vehicle then continued along Figueroa before crashing against a tree.

The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Edurson suffered a broken clavicle bone and a head laceration in the accident.

Correction: An initial report, provided by City News Service, inaccurately indicated that a passenger was ejected from the vehicle and killed. LAPD Central Traffic confirmed this report when speaking to Patch on Thursday morning. However, Sergeant Delgado has stated that there was no passenger ejection. We regret the error.

Creper Chimone December 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM
if some one is drinking unfortunately road design doesn't matter. I think one remedy which the city is doing is having the train open later during the weekend so that you don't have to drink and drive you can take the train.
Hooper Humperdink December 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Crepe, In fact, it does make a difference. On a street designed for slower speeds a drunk driver is going to impact at slower speed much earlier in their trip. The way Figueroa is set up is as if it was a country road running alongside empty farm fields. Big surprise that people treat it that way - drunk or sober. If the lanes are narrow, if there are bollards, crosswalks, trees, and the presence of something other than other cars around even the drunks have a tough time getting up to speed.
Hooper Humperdink December 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Ish, If a street is designed for a given speed and the posted speed limit is lower than that speed, guess what happens in California? The City votes everyday to raise speed limits because of this design imbalance between the needs of the community and the desires of private motorists. State law requires that anywhere the cops want to enforce the speed limit using speed guns, they have to set speed limits at the 85th percentile of drivers actual speed. So setting up a country highway in the middle of the city DOES have a measurable impact on not only our safety but also on the way speeding laws are enforced! Sober people kill people in LA with their cars all the time. It doesn't happen at 3 a.m. - it happens on rainy mornings when kids are walking to school. Or in the evening when the sun is in their eyes. I have read countless articles about kids being mown down. I have personally witnessed a driver destroy another human being on Broadway in Lincoln Heights in the crosswalk with his SUV. Driver was sober. Sober or drunk, the stakes need to be lowered on our streets. That is the point I am trying to make. When you say, "That is the most idiotic thing I've ever read." it makes me wonder about your willingness to open you imagination to what I am writing. Our country didn't used to assume it was okay to kill and maim people to move cars. We need to get back to that, as the current mindset isn't making life better for anyone.
Creper Chimone December 14, 2012 at 01:01 AM
well this is your opinion not a fact. i think i'd want my city not spending money on this. this was a drunk driving accident. if the road was made as you suggest the problem is not solved, if the driver wasn't drunk or not driving at all the problem is solved. I don't think this accident is a good argument for your plan. plus in the statistics it says accidents over 8mph the pedestrian has 50% chance more for serious injury and death, are you going to suggest making fig a 10mph zone? so i think the problem is drunk driving and so i think good remedy for this is the public transportation and that's where i'd like to see the city spend the money.
David December 14, 2012 at 01:34 AM
The guy was drunk. That is what cause the accident and nothing else.
The MOG December 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
N. Figueroa, was designed for horse and buggy. That is the correct reference...
La vie en rose December 14, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Was just driving by around 8 pm and people were gathering for a candlelight vigil.
Lupe December 14, 2012 at 05:43 AM
We have crashes between Ave 50 and Woodside on Figueroa an average of 3 to 4 times a year. Everyone I have personally seen as I live on Sycamore Terrace directly above Fig, has had a drunk driver at the wheel. Can't blame the street!
El Cid December 14, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Alcohol affects people from every occupation, nationality, political party, income group, religious affiliation, race, and gender. As a result, it is important for every child, adolescent, and adult in our society to learn about drinking alcohol so that they can avoid the damaging and debilitating consequences of this devastating toxic behavior! You state, "The problem is stupid drunk mexicans!" Your words can ONLY be adequately explained by sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity!
Ish December 14, 2012 at 07:28 AM
This stupid comment does not even deserve a reply, but Richard A. Edurson definitely does not sound "Mexican". Since this is your first post, I'm guessing you're just some troll, or a coward that posts here regularly hiding behind a made up screen name. Regardless, that is a stupid statement. Where's the moderator?
Ish December 14, 2012 at 07:30 AM
That whole freeway needs to be renovated, but they've been pushing to preserve it as a historic landmark.
Leila Ramsey December 14, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Rest in Peace Erick Borboa, you had the biggest personality and best dance. You did not deserve this.
flygirl December 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Jessica seems like you know the drunk as you are stupid enough to blame the Mexicans. If you do choose to continue living in a big city like Los Angeles I suggest you start becoming a little more open to diversity, otherwise I believe you're better off living in a state , like Georgia. Ever thought of moving?
nonoise December 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Race has nothing to do with DUI's. People of all races and colors drink and drive. Education is the key. Drivers licenses need to be taken away for more than one year on a DUI. One year is not enough punishment.
Max December 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Such a horrible accident.. Most sincere condolences to victim's family. May his soul rest in peace.
Cliff December 14, 2012 at 05:42 PM
May you Rest in Peace. We lost a great one.
Hooper Humperdink December 15, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Well, you've made your choice already haven't you? Faster car speeds are more important to your than the lives of people. I think there is a balance to be found, and we're way over on the "car-only" side of that balance. Public transportation is, of course, very important but the stakes on our streets are too high to simply be glossed over with hyperbole about how terrible an 8 mph speed limit would be (who brought that up anyway?). The bottom line is: our interests as residents and business owners are not being served. The lives of people along Figueroa are negatively impacted by the high car speeds and this type homicide is the result.
jayres December 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The reason Josef Bray-Ali dismisses the drunk driver specifics of this incident and continues to push the issue of the road engineering of Figueroa is because what he states in his comments is not at the heart of what he is really advocating here in the discussion. If the problem is the road engineering, wide lanes, high speeds and such, then the city in an attempt at a solution would have to fix this problem. This would mean re-examining the road's configuration, open to public input of course, whereby the re-engineering would include lower speeds, the compression of lane widths, and most importantly and the real reason for his comments, the inclusion of BICYCLE LANES. This is what is the unsaid argument clear to anyone who knows the agenda of advocates for increased bicycle usage on city streets. Now I wouldn't go as far as suggesting Josef's motif would stem from him financially benefitting from this simply because he owns a bike shop, I think he is a true believer, but that would be a nice bonus. More bike lanes and city connectivety, equals more people seeing it as a viable option, equals increased sales. I do believe it to be a real quality of life issue with him, I just think he should make the case more openly.
Hooper Humperdink December 16, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Neckbeard, You have it exactly backward. I have been working in this community for more bike friendly streets since 2005. I realized a few years ago that our neighborhood was really getting screwed by a street design paradigm that favors car-only travel. People get killed or maimed, property gets destroyed, and millions of dollars a year in revenue get spent in Burbank, Glendale, South Pasadena, and Pasadena that should be spent here in LA. Since some time in late 2006 and early 2007 the case for bike lanes became a case for better streets for people. This drunk a-hole murderer, and the "Welp, that is how it goes" apologists, are a part of the cultural expectations we all seem to have as regards our streets. The "Figueroa Street Improvement Project" from the late 1990's stated that: "Defining income leakage as disposable household income minus area retail sales, this study estimated a total income leakage of $167,190,673 in Highland Park, and $369,991,013 in the Northeast Los Angeles region in 1996. Estimated per capita leakage was $7,834 in Highland Park, and $4,952 in the Northeast Los Angeles region in the same period." That is real money. Nobody discusses Ivers closing and why that happened around the same time that street cars were removed, subsidies for suburban white flight were full steam, and local roads were widened. This community is designed to serve our needs. The LADOT car-only perspective runs couter to our interests. U happy now dawg?
Ish December 16, 2012 at 08:50 AM
I read a bit more on this "45mph design" and it's main reason is to drive comfortably in your own lane. You don't want to be driving 35mph with the car next to you only inches away. It leaves no room for error. There'd be a higher rate of accidents than there already is. Also, what a convenient cause you are fighting for. Now I understand why you are not fighting against drunk driving, but instead fighting to make our streets smaller to add bike lanes. Not everyone can ride a bike to work, not everyone works locally or from their home. You're like a lobbyist. Trying to push your thoughts onto everyone's.
Hooper Humperdink December 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Ish, You have already come to your conclusion about what you value more - and it doesn't look like human life and the well being of local business wins over high speed automobile travel. The standards that dictate a higher design speed on a street like Figueroa are rural highway standards being applied in a dense urban context. Those design standards are applied willy nilly in the U.S. by engineers who intentionally ignore the number of collisions, injuries, loss of local revenue, and property destruction in their calculations of "safety". By most objective measures, a high design speed on North Figueroa has materially ruined life on this street, especially since the street car tracks were torn out. The argument that Neckbeard and you are making - that this is all self interest on my part is right. Duh! I live and work on this street. I have spent the majority of my waking hours on this street in the past 6 years. I see and hear, and smell, the effects of this road design paradigm, and I'm not going to have an opinion about it? Rural highway standards have no place on urban streets. Your "comfort" in a car means a higher likelihood that when you crash into a person walking to school or a local shop, that they have a much higher chance of being killed or permanently maimed by your negligence and the road designers whims.
Nimby pimp December 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Ali - Though I, like some of the others here, find the stridency and single-mindedness of some of your positions to be annoying, I also appreciate the creativity of some of your ideas. Keep them coming.
Ish December 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Josef, What I've come to the conclusion is that your main interested is the well being of your own local business, and you are an opportunist who uses the tragic death of a poor soul to push your thoughts and political views on to others. You want alleyway size streets with more bike lanes to benefit your bikes sales. You don't care that smaller streets and less lanes would create more traffic, make it almost impossible for big trucks to drive on. Bigger trucks help provide our community with bear essentials and clothing, furniture, your bikes, and anything else our local businesses sell. More importantly emergency responders and their vehicles need the proper space to rush to the site of emergency. Many people would still be alive if emergency responders could just make it a bit earlier. Imagine how the number of deceased would increase if these streets were the size of alleyways. None of this is taken into consideration in your logic as you are blinded by how less cars and more bike lanes on Figueroa means more $$ for your shop.
Cerro Gordo December 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
"upsurd" LOL... That one is going in my Hall of Fame next to "mere hyperpole" and "scrooples".
jayres December 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Josef: Income leakage report from the late 90's? I'm not sure which is more absurd:) the findings of a report from the 90's or blaming leakage on Figueroa's design. First of all, Northeast LA was overrun with gangs back then, higher income families mostly moved out and lower income ones moved in, and with their money gone, businesses followed suit. Back in the late 90's Angeleanos avoided Downtown LA, Hollywood was overrun with prostitutes and drug dealers, not to mention an overall decline citywide. But money and investment and people have since come back in spades, and Highland Park is seeing an influx of new residents, businesses, and capital. There is a light rail system, homes are being remodeled, and an overall sense the neighborhood is on the rebound. Two things have attributed to this more than anything: 1. People being priced out of Silverlake/Atwater/EchoPark and the richness of the pre-existing neighborhood that had fallen into disrepair, but still full of potential to return to greatness. From the commercial districts of York and Fig, to the architecture of the residential areas, or all the past and present elements of a hood settled by artists, craftsmen and entreprenuers. Street design wasn't responsible for the fall, and the economic trends of 90's are no longer applicable. Furthermore, Larchmont, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Atwater, Melrose all saw huge revitalization and without bike lanes and street redesigns. It may be nice, but not a necessity.
Hooper Humperdink December 18, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Neckbeard, You bring up a valid point - that a people-oriented street might not be necessary for a community to thrive. I would counter that the communities that have come back have become more people-oriented as a result of them being re-invested in - more street closures for farmers markets, more shops that cater to people walking or riding transit. I have spent a large chunk of my waking and sleeping hours on this street - so I am heavily vested in having it be as quiet and as safe as possible. You know what is super messed up about this? The guy who killed this pedestrian will get his drivers license back in a few years - even after serving time for killing someone while DUI. So you guys are are partially right: road design isn't the whole story here.
Creper Chimone December 18, 2012 at 07:59 AM
plus there is a bike path parallel to fig
Mamapie December 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
You idiots. My cousin was the VICTIM. He was stuck by the drunk driver.. On a CRAPPY street where even the LAPD have stuck AND KILLED ped's. And why is race even an issue?! It has NOTHING to do with this.. The person driving with the DUI had a suspended license when he stuck my cousin. So take your pick people.. I would love to see what changes you would want if it were your family member. Crappy street with lots of busy pedestrians, slow it down. DUI drivers, harder punishments. You name it, we want it.
El Cid December 27, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Death leaves a heartache so great that at times appear to never heal, but love leaves you so many memories no one can ever steal. My sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones.
Mele January 09, 2013 at 02:48 AM
That street could use more lights for sure but I dont think that is going to stop drunk idiots like Richard Edurson. Lets get down to business and get this irresponsible nit off the streets! If thats even his real name?!? RIP babe. I love you. You gave so much love to so many people..you didn't deserve this.

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