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LBPD Provides Add'l Details Re Stearns/Radnor Fatal Alleged DUI (That Killed Man Pushing Shopping Cart With His Possessions); Suspect Is Out On Bond Pending Court Proceedings; LBPD Expects To Present Case To DA For Filing Consideration Shortly

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(June 17, 2021, 7:55 p.m.) -- LBPD has provided additional details re the June 12 Stearns/Radnor alleged DUI that killed a man in a wheelchair pushing a shopping cart with his possessions. LBPD Public Information Officer Richard Mejia says:

  • The collision occurred on the main road of Stearns Street, not the small residential street.

  • The collision happened on the Number One lane on westbound Stearns Street.

  • The pedestrian was traveling from the median in between the main and residential Stearns Street, heading southbound to the curb on Radnor Avenue.

The deceased was crossing Stearns St. at what LBPD describes as an unmarked crosswalk (not "J-walking") while pushing a shopping cart full of his belongings.

The LA County Coronerís office hasn't yet identified the man killed, pending notification of his next of kin.

The northern side of Stearns St. at Radnor Ave. has an access lane and a thin street median before reaching the main lanes of Stearns St.


Radnor Ave. looking south, showing access lane and thin median before reaching main lanes of Stearns St.

The main lanes of Stearns St. are quite wide at that location. Below is a photo of the main lanes of Stearns St. (in foreground) viewed from the south side looking northward..


Radnor Ave. viewed from south side of Stearns St. (looking north) showing width of main lanes of Stearns St.

That's a wide area for a walking pedestrian to traverse, much less a man in a wheelchair pushing a shopping cart with his possessions. And yes, there's an intersection with a light one block east at Albury Ave.










LBREPORT.com note: CA Vehicle Code section 21950 states:

(a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.

(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

CA Vehicle code 21954 states:

(a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway."

CA Vehicle code section 275 defines "Crosswalk" as either:

(a) That portion of a roadway included within the prolongation or connection of the boundary lines of sidewalks at intersections where the intersecting roadways meet at approximately right angles... CA Vehicle code section 365 defines an "intersection" as the area embraced within the prolongation of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways, of two highways which join one another at approximately right angles or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.

CVC section 365 defines an "intersection" as:

"[T]he area embraced within the prolongation of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways, of two highways which join one another at approximately right angles or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.

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