Motorist hits pedestrian in Valencia

Signal file photo.


A pedestrian was struck by a motorist and taken to the hospital near Granary Square on Thursday evening, the latest in a series of recent traffic collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The incident happened shortly after 10:45 p.m., at the intersection of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, near Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

“This was a traffic collision, pedestrian-involved,” said Austin Bennett, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Paramedics arriving from Fire Station No. 126 got to the crash scene at 10:53 p.m., he said, and provided medical treatment before taking the patient to the hospital.

The collision comes on the heels of not only a rash of crashes in the SCV in which pedestrians and cyclists have been injured — and in two of those cases, killed — but also five days after deputies reminded residents about an ongoing safety operation in response to the trend. Pedestrians were involved in at least four collisions over the span of one week this month

The two fatalities happened in the space of 48 hours, claiming the lives of a 61-year-old male pedestrian and a 62-year-old female cyclist.

Close to three dozen motorists were issued citations this week during a crackdown by local sheriff’s deputies on pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Out of 34 motorists cited, seven of those involved allegations the motorist failed to yield to a pedestrian, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said Tuesday.

“The deputies also reported two near misses,” she said, referring to two instances in which a motorist narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian.

The crackdown was launched in response to a spike in the number of recent traffic collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.

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