It happened again. As you can see in the video below, shared with the Buzz by the Rojas family, a driver going south on Mansfield ran the stop sign at 6th Street and crashed into a fast moving truck going east on 6th. In the video, the car is spun around, ending up and over the curb into the sidewalk in front of the Rojas home at 6th Street and Mansfield Avenue.
According to residents, these accidents happen almost daily in the La Brea Hancock neighborhood. One weekend last fall there were two, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. One crash ended up in the Rojas’ front yard, dangerously close to their house.
We have reported on the efforts by the Rojases and their La Brea Hancock neighbors to get the help from the city’s Department of Transportation to try to slow the traffic down on this four block stretch of 6th Street, between La Brea and Highland Avenues, for the past three years.
Last May, neighbors met with CD4 Field Deputy Su Lee to follow up on efforts begun during former Councilmember David Ryu’s term. Lee told residents she would follow up with LA DOT again, with the hope of setting up a meeting with residents and DOT officials in the next two weeks.
“This is not a new problem,” resident Jennifer Rojas told then CD4 Field Deputy Rob Fisher on a conference call with local residents last fall. “If it were not for the wall we built [in front of our house], I really think my kids would be dead. Is it going to take one of my kids dying for DOT to get the data they need to put in a stoplight?” asked Rojas.
“We discussed this issue with DOT at least a month ago and were assured that a meeting to report back on the traffic safety analysis would be scheduled by DOT directly. Su is following up to ensure that is done by the department expeditiously,” Andrea Conant, Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for Councilmember Nithya Raman, told the Buzz.
In the meantime, if you drive on this stretch of 6th Street, consider slowing down — your neighbors in La Brea Hancock will appreciate it.