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Woman, child struck by car in marked crosswalk

Driver said she did not see the pair crossing in a marked crosswalk.

November 06, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A 72-year-old woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter were hurt Tuesday after being struck by car driven by a 79-year-old Glendale woman as they were crossing an intersection, police said.

The grandmother suffered face and shoulder injuries while the top of her granddaughter’s head was bruised, Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. The pair was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment.

The woman and her granddaughter were walking west at about 7:50 a.m. in a marked crosswalk on East Honolulu Avenue at North La Crescenta Avenue.

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The driver, Noyemik Karapetian, made a left turn in a 2010 Hyundai Elantra from Honolulu onto La Crescenta when she struck the pair.

She reportedly told police that she didn’t see them in the crosswalk until they were directly in front of her vehicle, Lightfoot said.

Karapetian remained at the scene and was later released.

The collision comes as city and police officials are looking for ways to step up traffic safety efforts in Glendale, which has been plagued by a recent series of pedestrian-involved collisions and deaths.

Councilman Zareh Sinanyan talked about this most recent collision during a City Council meeting Tuesday as council members approved grant funding from the state’s Office of Traffic Safety to address driving behavior problems and pay for additional targeted law enforcement operations in the city.

In addition, city officials plan to form a subcommittee of the Transportation and Parking Commission to examine pedestrian-safety problems.

The subcommittee — which will likely include residents as well as city and police representatives — would meet to discuss traffic safety issues and make recommendations to the City Council.

City officials have also contacted UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, which hosted a four-hour Community Pedestrian Safety Training seminar in Glendale in 2009.

Officials want the research center to host another educational workshop covering the city’s traffic safety issues.

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