Gil Cedillo’s North Figueroa takes another life; vigil for slain neighbor on Friday, September 25, 2015

A small shrine has been installed to remember Yolanda Lugo, the latest victim of North Figueroa’s unsafe street design.

The people of Highland Park, Cypress Park, and Eagle Rock are coming together at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5504 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065 to hold a vigil and a short march on North Figueroa Street in memory of Yolanda Lugo and the many slain pedestrians, bike riders, and automobile users who have lost their lives on North Figueroa Street. Our requests for safe streets have been routinely ignored by Gil Cedillo and the rest of city hall. We hope to bring attention through our actions to the unsafe street design of North Figueroa and surrounding streets and to remember those who’ve lost their lives, or had their lives permanently damaged, due to traffic crashes on this street.

You can donate to help Yolanda Lugo’s family pay for the funerary costs here.

Background Information
On Friday, September 18, 2015 51-year old Yolanda Lugo was crossing the street at the corner of Avenue 55 and North Figueroa Street. A driver crashed into her and left her broken body in the street, later stopping to removes his license plates before continuing on in his flight from the scene. Yolanda passed away two days later – making her the 3rd fatality on North Figueroa since June of 2014, when Councilman Gil Cedillo cancelled the legally approved, funded, and designed road diet on North Figueroa Street road diet.

Just a few weeks after Cedillo’s action in 2014 octogenarian Bill Matelyan was crushed by a car at the intersection of Avenue 26 and North Figueroa as he was crossing the street to get his morning coffee.

In June of 2015 a local man in the crosswalk at Marmion Way and North Figueroa Street was killed by a driver going well above the posted speed limit. The driver was later identified and arrested.

As a community, we have had our needs for safe streets ignored by our elected representative Gil Cedillo. Our requests for safe streets have gone unanswered. The lives of our neighbors, our children, our friends, are ignored. Councilman Cedillo, Mayor Eric Garcetti, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds – your street designs and politics have cost lives!

There is a Facebook Event for the vigil and demonstration.

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One Comment

  1. Gerardo Reyes
    Posted September 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Gil Cedillo needs to be removed from office before more people die. He has proven himself to be a self-serving politician opposing changes that would benefit the people he’s supposed to be working for.

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