Two Women Seriously Injured Crossing Olive Ave.


Two women were seriously injured Thursday evening, when they were run down while crossing Olive Avenue at Parish Place. This is not the first serious accident at the intersection.

The accident occurred at 7:14 p.m. when the women were crossing Olive Ave. at Parish Pl. They were in the crosswalk, heading south, when a Lexus RX350 traveling north or Parish Pl. made a left turn into the westbound lanes of Olive Ave., running over both women.  Police report that the driver, Inna Shindich, 45,  stated that she didn’t see the pedestrians.  There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

One of the victims, a 60 year-old woman, received a compound fracture to her right ankle, a fractured pelvis, and a broken leg.  Both of her arms were also broken.   The other victim, a 70 year-old woman, received a broken left shoulder according to police.   The Burbank Fire Department sent two rescue ambulances to the scene.  Both women were transported to the trauma center at County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The intersection of Olive Ave. and Parish Pl. is controlled by a traffic signal.  Almost 25 years ago,
a student from John Burroughs was struck there and critically injured.  As a result of the accident she was permanently blinded.  Because of that accident, a flashing yellow caution sign was erected over the intersection that is used by students from the nearby high school.  The City of Burbank eventually upgraded the intersection to the current traffic signals.