Committee Begs for Traffic Signal after O.C. Teen Pedestrian Fatality

On November 1, 2010, a teenager was struck by a car on her way to school. Police say that the teen was crossing in the crosswalk when she was struck by a car, dying several days later. The teenager was identified as 16-year-old Sydney Ramirez, of Cypress.

The Orange County car crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Watson Street and Crescent Avenue in La Palma. Ramirez was walking in a marked crosswalk to get to her school, John F. Kennedy High School, when she was severely injured by a vehicle.

Ramirez was transferred to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for medical care, but died from her injuries a few days later.

Now the community is getting involved and is recommending that the city install a traffic signal at that intersection to make it safer for kids to walk to school. The committee that formed for this safety issue includes residents from Cypress, Buena Park, and La Palma. They are petitioning two cities for this signal light, because the eastbound lanes are in the city of Cypress and the westbound lanes are within La Palma. Both cities have to approve the changes and split the cost of $250,000 for the signal light, if it is approved.

The cities have placed a crossing guard at this intersection until the signal light is installed.

We are saddened to hear about this tragic pedestrian accident, and want to send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Sydney Ramirez.

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