Locals and co-workers mourn West Hills traffic deaths

A group of workers from an Encino insurance company stood at the corner of Roscoe and Jason in tears. They grieved, prayed and cried over the death of a colleague of theirs... an insurance agent. The 69-year old woman, an adult daughter, and a dog were killed Monday night when hit by a Mitsubishi SUV.

It's under investigation and the identities of the women have not yet been made public. The Coroner's Office says they are waiting to hear from next of kin. But, at the makeshift memorial, the workers said their friend and colleague had worked for the company for 15 years. Some had worked with her the entire time. They said they were "devastated" and "shocked" by everything that had happened. Neighbors were too. One said, "We were all in a funk last night."

Some said this stretch of  Roscoe needs more lighting. Others said people drive too fast. Audrey Brown, whose lived in the neighborhood many years, said "they come through here speeding like nobody's business.

The crosswalk isn’t the kind you normally see with two long thin lines. The one at Roscoe and Jason has stepladder like markings. It means it's an uncontrolled crosswalk. There are no traffic lights or stop signs.

There are people who live around here who would like to see traffic controls. Councilman Mitchell Englander says he’s looking into it. But, adds that, he doesn't like "uncontrolled" crosswalks. He thinks they're unsafe and "no community should have them."

Meanwhile, the insurance company workers say their friend and colleague who died Monday night was always  thinking of them. “She brought flowers. Put them on people’s desks.”

Now, they and others brought flowers to remember her.

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