An Alhambra resident was pronounced dead about two hours after a traffic collision Monday morning, according to an Alhambra Police Department news release. The latest fatal accident follows a trend, in which all pedestrians who died after getting struck by a vehicle in the past three years were identified as senior citizens.
Tien Anh Chung traveled northbound on Third Street on foot to cross Main Street when an orange Ford cargo van, going eastbound, struck her while turning left onto Main Street, Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. The 69-year-old Chung was transported to a trauma center and pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.
The driver, a 38-year-old Bellflower resident, was cooperative with the investigators, according to the news release. Astorga Noe did not appear to be under the influence, but the investigation is still ongoing. Alhambra Police Department was notified at 9:08 a.m. about the accident.
In 2011, Alhambra was ranked the most dangerous city for elder pedestrians, the Source reported. Here are four other fatal accidents reported to Alhambra PD in the past three years:
- 75-year-old woman struck by a car on Main Street and Cedar Street in May 2016
- 87-year-old man struck by car on Main Street and Hidalgo in Nov. 2015
- 93-year-old woman struck by a van on Valley Boulevard and Olive Avenue in Sept. 2015
- 68-year-old woman struck by car on Garfield Avenue and McLean Street in July 2014
Other fatal pedestrian-vehicle accidents have occurred in neighboring cities. An 80-year-old male pedestrian was struck on Hellman and Hathaway in Monterey Park, then dragged into Alhambra by the SUV in January.
Plans to increase pedestrian safety in Alhambra for elder residents and folks with disabilities are on the table. City Manager Mark Yokoyama recommended using federal funds to build four High Intensity Activated Crosswalks, among other projects, after City Council dropped their original plan to build a parking structure at Almansor Park in a Sept. meeting.
Witnesses of the Oct. 24 collision should contact Officer Cisneros from the police department at 626-570-5119.