GRANDMOTHER DIES OF INJURIES VICTIM WAS HIT WALKING GRANDSON HOME.
Byline: Nicholas Grudin Staff Writer
GLENDALE - A Glendale woman died Friday afternoon of injuries suffered Thursday when a car hit her as she crossed Wilson Avenue with her grandson, police said.
Alberta Ferraz, 73, succumbed to head and other injuries, while her 8-year-old grandson, Jerome Rizalado, remained hospitalized for observation Friday.
Ferraz apparently was walking the boy home from Mann Elementary School elementary school: see school. - where he is a third-grader - when they were hit by a Buick Riviera The Buick Riviera was an automobile produced by Buick in the United States from the 1963 to 1999 model years, with 1,127,261 produced.
A full-size coupé or personal luxury car, the early models of the Riviera in particular have been highly praised by turning left onto Wilson from the southbound south·bound
Going toward the south.
going towards the south
Adj. 1. lane of Chevy Chase Chevy Chase (chĕv`ē), town (1990 pop. 8,559), Montgomery co., W central Md., a residential suburb of Washington, D.C.; founded as a village, inc. 1914. Drive.
``It just broke my heart to look out there and see the books from (Jerome's) backpack just laying on the street,'' said Barbara Mikolasko, principal of Marshall Elementary School Marshall Elementary School is an elementary school located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Part of the North Allegheny School District, it serves students in grades K-5. External link
The driver, Oksen Shirinian, 39, of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. told police the sun was in his eyes as he was making the turn about 4 p.m., said Glendale traffic Sgt. Louie Guay.
Shirinian has not been charged in the crash.
``This is an ongoing investigation and the case will be presented to the district attorney for consideration,'' Guay said.
The Ferraz family could not be reached for comment, but Mann school officials who knew Ferraz from her routine of dropping off and picking up Rizalado expressed sorrow.
``We feel really bad because Jerome's grandma was very, very special to him and took care of him a lot - we saw her often,'' said Mann secretary Joy Pruett.
Glendale averages about six pedestrian fatalities per year, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. police records. In 2002, three pedestrian traffic fatalities occurred.
Thursday's was the first pedestrian fatality fa·tal·i·ty
1. A death resulting from an accident or disaster.
2. One that is killed as a result of such an occurrence. of 2003.
In 1999, Glendale had the highest rate of casualties for pedestrians over the age of 65 in cities with similar populations in California. In 2000, Glendale ranked third, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Glendale police say the high numbers of older people hit by cars is likely a result of a large senior community that likes to walk.
Although Glendale has had trouble in the past with high rates of pedestrian traffic casualties, the busy intersection at Wilson and Chevy Chase is not known to be particularly dangerous, according to witnesses and city officials.
Traffic and Transportation Administrator Jano Baghdanian said incidents at signalized intersections like Chevy Chase and Wilson are most often caused by driver or pedestrian error, and are only avoidable by strict law enforcement.
``That is a signalized intersection - (Thursday's) accident was due to driver distraction,'' Baghdanian said. ``We focus our safety efforts on unsignalized intersections with heavy foot traffic.''
Glendale police have handed out more than 5,000 fliers to pedestrians in the downtown Brand Boulevard corridor and aggressively ticket jaywalkers, Guay said.
``We take the enforcement of pedestrian violations very seriously, and it's funny because people get really incensed when we give them those tickets, but we're trying to save their lives,'' Guay said.
The city is working to make dangerous crossings throughout the city safer for pedestrians, including installing $750,000 in-roadway warning light systems at uncontrolled, heavily used crosswalks.
The flashing lights Flashing Light is a rhythmic light in which the total duration of the light in each period is clearly shorter than the total duration of the darkness and in which the flashes of light are all of equal duration. - embedded Inserted into. See embedded system. into the concrete at the crosswalk - flash whenever a pedestrian enters the roadway. There are already 14 throughout the city and 16 more are on the way, funded largely by state grants, Baghdanian said.
``Based on our surveys, the flashing warning lights work very well to alert drivers of pedestrians in the crosswalks,'' Baghdanian said.
Other efforts to curb pedestrian casualties on Glendale roadways include sting operations run by the Police Department in which plain-clothes plain·clothes or plain-clothes
Wearing civilian clothes while on duty to avoid being identified as police or security: a plainclothes detective. cops pose as pedestrians in crosswalks to see whether drivers are following right-of-way laws.