Traffic Issues in Pacific Palisades: Pedestrian Fatality, Backed-up Roads



Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin wrote in an April 21 email “We recently had a fatality vehicle vs pedestrian accident at PCH and Sunset on Wednesday April 19 around 3:30 pm.

According to Espin, “A vehicle traveling southbound on Pacific Coast Hwy in the #1 lane, collided with a pedestrian/victim (M/W/59 years) crossing westbound on Sunset Blvd.

LAFD transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It is unknown if the victim is homeless. As of now I do not know the collision factors (if the vehicle ran a red light or the pedestrian was crossing against traffic).

According to a resident who saw the accident and was on her way to the West L.A. Planning Commission hearing that Wednesday, “it was an apparent homeless man, was hit by a car at Sunset and PCH.” The resident said she saw it happen and that the man had gone onto the roadway into traffic.

Could that resident — or anyone who saw this happen — please contact Brian Espin, so that he can update the West Traffic Division investigators.



Espin said that the LAPD traffic division is aware of speed issues on Pacific Coast Highway and that he has received numerous complaints from residents about speeding on Sunset Boulevard, Temescal Canyon Road and Palisades Drive. “Our motor officers will be doing enforcement in these priority areas,” Espin said.


On the flip side of speed, Temescal Canyon Road has been a parking lot, it took this editor 20 minutes to go from the middle of the canyon to PCH.

Another person wrote:  What the heck is going on with the light at Temescal and PCH? Back up this week has been all the way back to Pali High. The arrow only seems to last 23 seconds or so. Did the city tinker with this timing? Seems new to this week. ARGH”

The timing of the light is CalTrans. CTN reached out to Lou Kamer, who is the transportation “guru” for the Pacific Palisades Community Council and asked him if he could check with his sources.

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