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Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Car on Huntington Drive in Duarte Friday

An elderly woman was hit by a car traveling eastbound on Huntington Drive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

An elderly woman was fatally struck by a car on Huntington Drive in Duarte in an apparent traffic accident, a sheriff's official said.

The unidentified woman in her 70s was hit by a car traveling eastbound on Huntington Drive near Highland Avenue shortly after 6 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Jorge Marchena said.

"It appears to be just an accident, she might have stepped into traffic," Marchena said.

Authorities are still on scene investigating the incident, Marchena said. The driver does not appear to be at fault, he said.

"It's just an accident at this point," Marchena said.

Gayle M. Montgomery March 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM
God bless this woman and her grieving family and friends. Bless the driver and his/her family who may also be struggling following this unfortunate error. It cannot be easy for any involved.
Mary Wathen March 15, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Bless the woman who was killed and her family and as Gayle said pray for the driver who hit this woman. So sorry for the loss of life.
Ellen Zunino March 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM
There's a lot of distance between the traffic signals at Buena Vista and those at Highland. I've hoped for years, especially after the condos were built across from city hall, that Duarte would install 1 or 2 pedestrian stop lights on that long, uncontrolled stretch of Huntington. Yes, it might impede the flow of traffic on Huntington but pedestrian lights could be coordinated with the traffic signals so that after a pedestrian pushed a button the light would halt traffic when the signals warranted it. There's a busy bus stop on the west-bound (north) side of Huntington just west of Highland and I've often seen people on the south-side of the street, "romp" through traffic to make their bus. I'm hoping that this poor woman wasn't one of them and, if she was, I hope Duarte takes notice.
Paula Miner March 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM
This is the second fatality within the last couple years involving a pedestrian in this vicinity of Highland and Huntington. If I remember correctly, the last time it also involved a woman in her 70's.
Gguest2013 March 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM
It's true. There's no pedestrian crosswalk between these 2 traffic signals. I saw the aftermath this morning and on my way home, passed an elderly woman standing in the center median trying to cross Huntington near the Fresh and Easy, through rush-hour traffic!!! City of Duarte, what is your remedy? Do it now!
Lori Lomas March 16, 2013 at 01:12 AM
While traveling westbound yesterday, in that vicinity, I saw an elderly woman in the center (but not on the median) by the turning lane, who was attempting to cross over the eastbound lanes...I just prayed that she would make it across safely.
yolie March 16, 2013 at 05:21 AM
My heart goes out to the family of the woman who was hit this morning, keeping her family in my thoughts & prayers. May she rest in peace.
ines brizuela March 16, 2013 at 05:33 AM
My dad was a resident at the Andres Duarte Terrace apartments. On November 6th, 2010 he attempted to cross Huntington Drive near Highland to go catch his bus, he was struck by a car traveling westbound Huntington Drive. He died on Nov. 7th 2010 at 12:08 am. It is very very sad..... .R.I.P. Mr Juan Banuelos.
Gguest2013 March 16, 2013 at 07:33 AM
So sorry for your loss... The bible promises that when we are absent from our bodies, we are present with The Lord. Thank you Jesus! We need to get the Duarte congressman working on a solution now!
melissa rhodes March 16, 2013 at 07:16 PM
On the north side of huntington drive is a 55 and up assisted living apartment complex and now another senoir apartment complex was built on south side between highland and buena vista. I can't recall one cross walk between highland and buena vista and I've lived in duarte since 1971 come duarte a can of white paint isn't too much some bright reflectors can't cost all that... clearly we need to mark in a few crosswalks down huntington drive
Gayle M. Montgomery March 16, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Melissa, you make good points. We put up crossing guards to get kids across the street. Seniors (like me) sometimes have mobility impairments and balance issues that make getting across the street quickly difficult. Maybe we need to have flashing light stops and/or crossing guards in that locale. I don't know who pays for that, but if it will save lives...
melissa rhodes March 16, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I know Duarte isn't a wealthy town.... but I have seen the bright squares that reflect sun n the day and headlights @ night so the cross walk clearly stands out ....I don't see Duarte council paying for a crossing guard
Ellen Zunino March 17, 2013 at 10:33 PM
In the early 1960s those of use living north of Huntington in Duarte had to cross that very busy street to get to the high school. Crosswalks were well-marked and it was still difficult to cross. Many times we had to dodge traffic that wouldn't stop for us. Crossing on foggy days was oftentimes terrifying. Today, with young people preoccupied with this, that and the other (mostly tech hardware) and paying much less attention to what's going on around them and older walkers expecting traffic to stop for them because they are in a crosswalk, a marked crosswalk would almost be more dangerous than taking one's chances crossing at mid-block. I've always fantasized about a crosswalk with spikes set into the road surface on the sides of the crosswalk that face oncoming traffic, that would rise up when the crosswalk was occupied.
Dan Crandell March 18, 2013 at 04:52 AM
@ Ellen ... Before the 210 was opened Huntington Drive was still Rte 66 a national highway. I remember it well.
Mary Wathen March 21, 2013 at 06:12 PM
The Senior Center is right there by Highland and it is very dangerous to cross. There needs to be a light there at the corner, pehaps a flashing light? Inez, I remember your father well from the Senior Center, he was a fine man and a gentleman and is missed. RIP Jaun Banuelos.
Mary Wathen March 21, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Please read my comment below. Thank you.
Patched in March 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM
The only way to cross the street in a safe manner, is to use the Light and Crosswalk.Even a Painted Cross walk is a Death trap nowaday's Because half the drivers don't have a Clue as to what it is, or Why it is There !!

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