On a recent Friday night while walking through my darkened neighborhood to burn off extra energy and avoid insomnia, I stumbled upon a gem of an accident. Chandler Boulevard is a wide open street that begs speeders to cut loose and fly. Neighbors at the seven-car accident scene told me that they will start flooding their city councilman’s office and the Van Nuys division of the LAPD with calls and emails to push for speed bumps or traffic lights or something to stop the traffic speeding eastbound on Chandler from Van Nuys Boulevard.
This particular nasty accident involved one moving vehicle approaching Chandler and Lennox Avenue at a high rate of speed. Inside was an unlicensed 16 year old and his friend reveling in the incredible handling and powerful engine of their Audi coupe. Just after Lennox, the speed demon lost control and plowed into six parked cars, taking out the entire south side curb length to Tyrone Avenue. Thankfully, no one was in any of the parked vehicles, however a nearby resident and her child had just parked and were on the center island of Chandler when the Audi went out of control. Witnesses said the impact was thunderous. The sixteen year old and his friend walked away unscathed, according to those same witnesses.
This is a perfect punctuation to my previous post. Even parked cars are not safe from major car accidents. A tow truck driver at the scene told me all of the seven cars were totaled, and it took more than a week before all of the crushed metal was hauled away.