Alissa Walker+ Your Authors @awalkerinLA I'm a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA. Urbanism editor @Curbed. Co-host @theLApod. Contributor @KCRW. More 👧🏼👶🏼 and 🚲🚶🏼‍♀️🚍 on Instagram. Jan. 02, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Courtney Everts Mykytyn was killed in front of her home, on a narrow residential street facing a park, at 4:30 in the afternoon.

The driver has not been charged.

She was the 237th person killed on LA’s streets in 2019  http://ow.ly/TkFj30q5N5b 

A few hours before she was killed, our LAPD chief blamed pedestrians for the city's uptick in traffic deaths:

"When we look at those pedestrian fatalities... the pedestrians... are outside of a crosswalk or on the roadway, and so to speak are at fault."
 https://ktla.com/2019/12/30/traffic-related-fatalities-increased-in-2019-as-number-of-collisions-dropped-in-l-a-police-chief-says/ 

A driver would have to be going pretty fast on a narrow residential street to kill a 46-year-old woman on impact.

But our LAPD chief says hitting pedestrians is fine, as long as you stick around: "The key for me for hit-and-runs is this: It’s an accident. Don’t make it a crime."

This is even worse than I could have imagined. Our city—and country—is so broken.


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