Conor Lynch, 16-years-old, was killed yesterday as he walked across Woodman Avenue near Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
There is nothing more gut wrenching or tragic than the death of a child. My condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim.
Woodman Avenue is a busy street, where cars, trucks and SUVs speed up as they approach and exit the 101 Freeway or turn to go into Fashion Square Mall.
For years, I have watched these streets become increasingly more deadly and dangerous. Red light runners, texting drivers, speeding drivers, distracted drivers. The self-centered, self-absorbed and murderous habits of drivers have culminated in the death of a young man.
It is said that he ran outside and crossed against the red light. Perhaps. But in broad daylight, drivers need to drive near schools with caution.
If you doubt that drivers are driving badly, take a trip to the corner of Riverside and Woodman or go north to Magnolia or Chandler. Watch the light change from red to green and see how many cars go through the intersection illegally. How many cars are driven by texting and talking idiots who are only 50% aware of what is going on beyond their windshield?
Only one intersection in the San Fernando Valley has a cop regularly handing out tickets. He is a mustached motorcycle cop who waits at the corner of Burbank and Van Nuys Blvd. to catch drivers turning right on red without fully stopping. His tickets, issued to drivers going as slow as 5 MPH, cost $380. The 60 MPH red light runners speeding down Fulton, Woodman, Hazeltine and Laurel Canyon go as fast as they please without punishment.
A young man is dead and a family is in mourning and we continue to do hardly anything to punish drivers who aren’t properly driving.