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BPD Receives $100,000 Grant From Office of Traffic Safety

By Timothy Mably

The Burbank Police Department has received a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a year-long program intended to prevent road deaths and injuries by enforcing awareness and educating the public.

The grant will contribute to presentations on traffic safety, DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, and seatbelt and child safety seat enforcement.

“This grant supports our mission to continue educating the public through various enforcement campaigns throughout the year in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths attributed to traffic collisions and unsafe driving habits,” said Chief of Police, Scott LaChasse.

Following a decade long low in 2010, the amount of people killed in car accidents has grown to 17% across the country. In 2015, there was a record total of 3,429 fatalities from traffic related incidents. Almost a quarter of fatalities involved pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to OTS Director Rhonda Craft, unsafe behavior causes about 94% of accidents, whether it is the result of texting or the influence of drugs.

“While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, the Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from OTS which aims to drive awareness that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,’” said Sgt. Derek Green in a press release. “Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.”

This grant comes after an elderly man was struck and killed while crossing the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Lincoln Street at the beginning of the month. A Disney employee was also killed by an inattentive driver while crossing Alameda Avenue and Lincoln in September.

Funding for the program comes from OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Burbank Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle

An elderly man from Burbank has died after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning.

On November 8, at about 7:16 A.M., Thomas Jones, an 80-year-old resident of Burbank, was crossing Glenoaks Boulevard at the intersection with Lincoln Street when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Jones was transported to a local hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle which struck Jones remained on-scene and cooperated with the investigation. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in this collision. Excessive speed also does not appear to be a factor.

The exact cause of this collision is still under investigation. The Burbank Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed it to call the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau, at (818) 238-3100.

Elderly Woman Struck By SUV In Burbank Dies

An elderly woman struck by a white Ford Explorer near San Fernando Boulevard and Walnut Avenue on Thursday, April 25, at 8:49 a.m. died from her injuries at Holy Cross Medical Center on Friday, April 26.

Rosa Rivera, age 87 and a Burbank resident, was on the western sidewalk headed northbound along San Fernando when she was struck by an SUV driven by Roxanne Prilutsky, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Prilutsky, a 35-year-old Burbank resident, was exiting the parking lot onto San Fernando Boulevard.

BPD police Car Logo-2Rivera had been pushing a small portable cart and police think she was headed to the grocery store.

The impact knocked her to the ground and she struck her head on the pavement, said Ryburn.

Rivera was transported to Holy Cross Medical Center for head trauma and underwent surgery immediately. However, she passed away at the hospital on Friday.

There was no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, added Ryburn.


The investigation into the accident is ongoing and police ask anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the accident to contact Detective Sam Anderson in the Traffic Bureau, at 818- 238-3103.

Traffic Accident Results in Pedestrian Seriously Injured

Burbank Firefighters and Paramedics worked feverishly to free a trapped pedestrian who was standing at the base of the 3800 W Alameda Ave. “Disney” building at Kenwood Street, Kenwod Street  late Thursday afternoon.

Burbank Firefighters and Paramedics work to free a trapped pedestrian after this 2 car collision which also required ‘The Jaws of Life’ to free the driver.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The accident occurred in the intersection of Alameda Street and Kenwood Street and sent both cars up onto the sidewalk.  One of the cars struck two pedestrians, trapping one of them between the hood of the car and the wall.  The man, who suffered traumatic injuries to his leg, was transported by ambulance to the trauma center at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.  The other pedstrian was also take to the same hospital.

A passenger in the car was also trapped in the vehicle.  Firefighters had to cut the person free from the car before transporting them to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

 The incident required a Fire Engine, two Truck Companies, and all three of Burbank’s Rescue Ambulances along with a Battalion Chief.  Burbank Police blocked the streets around the accident scene.

The names of the drivers involved and the victims have not yet been released by police.  The accident remains under investigation.

Burbank Firefighters and Paramedics work to free a trapped pedestrian after this two-car collision which also required the ‘Jaws of Life’ to free the driver.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The scene where a pedestrian was trapped against the hood of this car and the wall, following a two-car accident in the intersection of Alameda and Kenwood Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pedestrian Stuck By Car Receives Serious Injuries

Photo By Ross A. Benson

The same day the City of Burbank was awarded with less pedestrian accidents this past year, an elderly woman was struck while passing behind a car backing out in a dark alley. Burbank Police & Fire Paramedics were called to the alleyway in the 500 block of Glenoaks were they found a elderly woman laying on the ground after being stuck. Paramedics transported the victim to Saint Joseph Providence Medical Center with the complaint of pain. The Burbank Police Department’s Traffic Department will conduct a further investigation.