Update: Pedestrian Killed on Pasadena Avenue

A 72-year-old man was killed Sunday after being hit by a vehicle at Pasadena Avenue and Arroyo Drive.

A 72-year-old Los Angeles man is dead Sunday after he was struck by a van traveling east on Pasadena Avenue. 

Around 7:46 a.m., South Pasadena Police received a call of an
auto/pedestrian traffic accident at Pasadena Avenue and Arroyo Drive.

The man had been walking north in the crosswalk when he was struck by a van traveling east on Pasadena Avenue, according to reports. The pedestrian was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. A death notification is pending. 

The driver is a 77-year-old male from Los Angeles, and police anticipate filing vehicular manslaughter charges.

There are no signs of intoxication of the driver and blood toxicology is pending.

Check back with Patch for updates. 


Kristen Lepore (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
@Katherine: I am so sorry for your loss. Feel free to email me if you'd like an obituary or memorial service in Patch. We'd be happy to share. kristen.lepore@patch.com
Alex L. July 23, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Hi Abby, I was at the scene and I believe I spoke with your boyfriend there. I'd be happy to help you guys with your petition drive. -Alex
Katherine July 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Thank you everyone for your comments it means a lot to the sons to know that people were there with their Dad when they couldn't be. I will let them know all the comments and they will see the memorial on Wed when they get to town. Thank you again. We would be happy to sign a petition and do what we can to get a stop light.
Melissa M. July 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Abby, I will be happy to help you out with a petition! Email me if you wish @ musical__melissa@hotmail.com Being a dog walker, my work requires me to be a pedestrian every day. And I have witnessed carelessness and dangerous areas first hand just about every time I go out to do my job. I commend you for taking action. I remember you and your boyfriend being on the scene. Very brave!
Kristen Lepore (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM
@Abby: Please keep me in the loop: kristen.lepore@patch.com. You are also welcome to blog about the petition on Patch: http://southpasadena.patch.com/blog/apply
Betty Jean July 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Abby, good luck in dealing with the city. Be strong with them. We've tried for years and years to make this side of SP safer for everyone with petitions for signs and lights but were been met with ambivalence from the city. I hope you have better luck with yours. I will sign it. This entire situation saddens me to no end. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Kristin July 24, 2012 at 03:51 AM
If you were there when this happened, thank you for being with my father in law. He was a very sweet and simple man. We will miss him terribly and he should not died this way. Thank you Melissa for your memorial. The kindness from strangers is encouraging for our family.
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 03:59 AM
So sorry for your loss Kristin. If anything this tragedy showed us that we can find friends in strangers. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Family during this difficult time.
HLPSUCKS July 24, 2012 at 04:17 AM
And the man that caused all this heart break deserves to pay.This man has road rage and no compassion for anyone or anything.Any chance he gets he tries to hit people with his van I bet he did this on purpose.I feel sad for the victim and his family and everyone that witnessed this because this man that hit him is my neighbor and hes been my neighbor for over 10 yrs and hes evil.I feel bad that he came in contact with this ugly man.There needs to be JUSTICE HERE!
Andy Kappler July 24, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I wish the police would enforce the crosswalk laws. Just the other day I was nearly hit by two cars in front of a south Pasadena cop. I gestured to the cop in annoyance but he was too busy...
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Andy, that's inexcusable. I can't believe that! Pedestrians have rights too!
Betty Jean July 24, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Too busy doing what?
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 06:20 AM
HPL, if what you're saying is true and you have people in your neighborhood that can attest to the fact that he has indeed tried to run people over in the past? You and other witnesses to this past behavior need to come forward to the S. Pasadena Police and let them know. There is an ongoing investigation and he may be found innocent of the charges. This is information that they would want to know if indeed it is true. For the sake of my faith in humanity I hope it is not.
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I find it interesting that a recent article regarding this accident quotes an officer as saying that he has never heard of a Pedestrian death in this area in all the years he's been on the force, yet I find this article. Seems to have happened in the same area: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=950&dat=19820304&id=dhEuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wFkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4468,1067195
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Might be helpful with the petition Abby....
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It's hard to find on there but it's about a 78 year old S. Pas Woman who was struck and killed while trying to cross Pasadena Ave.
Dan D. July 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I believe that is south pasadena in florida
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Oops, my mistake. It's hard to see full articles on my phone. I just feel strongly about the crosswalks in that area being marked better so this doesn't happen again. I guess it results in me reaching on it.
Mindy B July 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Katherine, Kristen and Melissa M, Have you urged SPPD to investigate HLPSUCKS' comment above? I would think that they would want to rule out intent, let alone premeditation. His suggestions have disturbed many of us here.
Sam Burgess July 24, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Melissa M., There are times in our lifes when caution is the better part of a knee jerk reaction. This is one of them. The news article you posted is a link to an article in the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in St. Petersburg, FLORIDA. There is a city of South Pasadena in Florida and it has a street named Pasadena Ave. South. This article concerned an accident in South Pasadena, FLORIDA. (While South Pasadena has a street named Pasadena Ave., it does NOT have a street named Pasadena Ave. South nor does it have a Majestic Ave.). The South Pasadena, CALIFORNIA police officer was asked a question & honestly answered it as to the best of his knowledge. This was a tragic event requiring a calm, professional investigation. Please, let's keep it that way.
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Yes Sam, thank you for pointing it out. As you can see above, Dan already pointed out my mistake and my response as an apology for it. I can't see articles too well on my phone. It was an honest mistake.
Melissa M. July 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Yes Mindy, it was quite disturbing. Unfortunately it may be unfounded since they are anonymous and all too often people will be malicious without any truth behind what they are saying. Since HPL didn't respond to my reply, it very well be someone that has a personal problem with the driver and just wants to lash out. What I do suggest is that Kristin Lapore bring this to the S. Pasadena Police's attention and perhaps they will follow up by questioning some of his neighbors to see if there is any truth to what HPL posted. I would hate to think that this would be the case. I'll reserve my opinion of what the driver said (and what tone he used) after the accident. But I will say that the statement has me concerned in conjunction to what I witnessed after the incident.
detrich July 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
this is sad news... we had an elderly family friend killed by an eastbound car while walking on the sidewalk on Pasadena Ave back in the late 80's. the driver fell asleep at the wheel- just past what is now the Ostrich Farm (previously Hang Ten clothing warehouse). eastbound traffic on eastbound Pasadena Ave before Monterey Road all speed for some reason.
Alex L. July 25, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Melissa - What did the driver say after the incident?
Melissa M. July 25, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Alex, I would rather not say here since I gave a statement to the SPPD today. I don't want to hurt any kind of investigation that may be taking place. There was a lot of chaos after the incident, but there are certain statements I remember clearly that were made by the driver. I will say that I brought HPL's comment to their attention. Whether it is founded or truthful what was said remains to be seen. But at least we know that the SPPD is covering all of the bases in their investigation which is excellent. If you ever want to talk you can email me personally at musical__melissa@hotmail.com
Abby July 25, 2012 at 02:03 AM
After being re-directed a few times to the right office, I've left a message with the Public Service Department in regards to the guidelines to follow for the City of South Pasadena for a petition to be accepted. I do want to say that I think that there are lots of things that we can't control in life, including the driver of the van, or the accident itself. We can control who we are as citizen's with our words and actions in the aftermath of this awful tragedy. To me, this means being respectful of all parties involved with our words, keeping the families in our thoughts, and taking action to ensure that the people who cross that crosswalk are as safe as they can possibly be with the adequate amount of signage and markings. I will update on my progress with the petition, etc.
Melissa M. July 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Well said Abby and I commend you for all of your hard work. Keep us updated and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Rick T. July 25, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Most people just fearfully cross at their own risk. At the very least there should be flashing lights imbedded along the full-length of the crosswalk. The faded sign on the right says school crossing and is ignored because it's faded and is nearly undetectable. Further distracting the sign are overhanging flashing lights to alert drivers of a railroad crossing up ahead. My wife was walking our dog about 10 minutes after the accident. She saw the paramedics trying to revive him before the road was closed and the police investigation began. We left flowers. We feel for both victims of this crime. A highway-like double lane straightaway with a crosswalk at the apex of a sharp right turn with confusing signage is an accident waiting to happen. When, if, you do notice the crosswalk you really have to jam on the brakes to slow down. When we cross at that crosswalk we always assume we are invisible and only cross when there are no cars in sight. In other words, we act as if there is no crosswalk at all. What's the point of having one if it is not safe.
Melissa M. July 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Kristin & Katherine, If you're reading this blog still, I just want to say that I saw the tribute Jim's Grandchildren made which was left at the Memorial. It absolutely broke my heart :( I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. They didn't deserve to lose their "Papa" like that. He looked like such a nice Man. Please accept my condolences and I'll be sending my prayers to your family to help heal from this. It was a beautiful tribute.
S. Ray August 02, 2012 at 04:37 PM
What bothers me in all of this discussion is that when Dan Watson was our police chief, he was constantly vilified for running sting operations to catch those who did not honor cross-walk laws, and ultimately he was run out of town, but now that someone is killed in an accident in a cross-walk, everyone complains that not enough is being done to enforce the laws. The truth is somewhere in the middle, I think. This is a very well marked cross-walk with good signage and bright markings. Pedestrians need to use caution, and drivers need to follow the law. In this case, someone did not do one or the other or both, and it cost someone their life. As a society, however, there is only so much we can or should do. At some point, people need to take responsibility for their actions. It sounds like the driver in this case may have some issues and if that is the case, he should suffer the consequences of failing to control his demons. This cross-walk is too close to the intersection where the Gold Line crosses Monterey Road/Pasadena Avenue to put another signal. Street blinkers would likely not have stopped this accident if the driver had a poor temperament, and I believe they tend to make pedestrians overly confident. The only meaningful way to have prevented it without the driver and the pedestrian having to control themselves would have been to put an overhead walkway, but this would be prohibitively expensive and impractical in this location and others throughout the city.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »