A movement has started to improve safety at the intersection where 17-year-old Bo Feng was killed in a fatal accident earlier this month. Feng, who was a 2011 graduate of Gabrielino high school, was hit at the intersection of New Avenue and Shorb Street.
Just over a week later, Kimiko Nishitsuji created a petition to install a LED pedestrian crossing sign at the intersection. “It shouldn't take a tragedy like the death of Bo Feng for the city to make a change and unfortunately she isn't the first” the petition website states.
A 73-year-old driver hit Feng on July 15, police report. She died the next morning from multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Los Angeles Corner’s Office. The driver is cooperating with the police and the investigation is currently ongoing. "Our traffic section is working this investigation full-time," Sergeant Brandon Black of the Alhambra Police Department said. "It’s obviously a very tragic incident. Whenever someone gets hit by a car it’s tragic, but when they’re so young and full of potential it’s devastating to everyone.”
Since the accident, people have left flowers, boba drinks, candles, stuffed animals and dolls at the intersection where she was killed. Her friends and many people who never met her are leaving comments on a Facebook page, composed of over 2,700 people. Those who said they knew her describe Bo as an intelligent, driven and a good-hearted person. The Facebook posts share memories and stories from times people spent with her in class to bonding over boba. Jonathan Singleton, a friend of Feng’s from Speech class at Gabrielino wrote to the Source, “I think she is one of the nicest girls you can ever hope to meet.”
Joanna Vargas taught Feng ballet. “She was a quiet student and was always so nice and polite to me,” Vargas wrote in an e-mail. “She always said hello to me and greeted me in the hallways of the studio.”
Bo was an active member in a sisterhood called Tomodachi (“Friends” in Japanese), according to Andy Yu. He was assigned to be Feng’s “Little brother” and recalled a time when they were stranded at the beach because there were not enough seats for all of members to get home at once. “…Sitting at "That Spot" at the beach just talking, at night, in the cold, waiting for our rides to make another round trip had turned out to be more amusing than we all thought it would be.” Muteki wrote, “Every MUTEKI member loved her very much as a sister AND as a close friend.”
Outside of the petition, others have also advocated for improved pedestrian safety in Alhambra, in particular at that corner. “I can attest that as a resident here for much of my childhood and early adult life, I have had a few close calls when crossing and when I’m driving," Tony Truong, a resident near where the accident took place posted on the Alhambra Source Facebook page. He wrote that he is trying to find a way to get the attention of Alhambra City Council or CalTrans about installing button-activated flashing pedestrian lights on Shorb and New Avenue. "For me personally," he wrote, "it can be hard to see people beginning to cross because they are blocked by the isle that divides New Avenue.”