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. 


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.


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