Investigation from the Compton Sheriff’s Department finds vehicle collision was not associated with street takeover
COMPTON – During the June 14 Compton City Council meeting, Deputy Craig Walker with the Compton Sheriff’s Department provided an update regarding the tragic traffic collision that occurred this past weekend where two women lost their lives.
“Although the incident is an ongoing investigation, we can confidently share that the two fatalities that occurred at the intersection were not related to the street takeovers,” shared Deputy Walker.
The incident remains an active investigation that the Compton Sheriff’s Department is taking lead on.
“My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the individuals who lost their lives in the tragic vehicle collision,” shared Mayor Sharif.
During the regular Compton city council meeting held June 14 multiple residents came forward complaining about the street takeovers and broken street lights that have gone unrepaired for months, some for over a decade.
“I’m tired of all this mess with these cars, the driving and takeovers and I live right there where the two young ladies just died and after 40 years on this street this has never happened,” said Carolyn Poole as she fought back tears.
“I’m a 30 year resident and have complained to the last three mayors and they still aren’t fixed,” said Freddy Soto.
“I live in District 4 and the light at Alameda and Palmer has been blinking since February and it’s now June,” said David Austin.
City Manager Thomas Thomas explained he is aware of the issues with the various broken traffic lights and blamed theft for the delays in the repairs.
“The wiring has been stolen so we need to procure more materials to fix the lights,” said Thomas. He provided no timeframe for when it would be completed.
The City assesses residents annual Lighting and Landscape Assessments to address light and landscape repairs and most recently held a public hearing on the matter May 24, 2022.
Residents also complained the City isn’t doing enough to address street takeovers, as this accident was initially attributed to.
“I’m actually here to let you know what happened Mar 9 how my family got hit by someone doing donuts and my daughter hit her head and she did snap her neck and hit her head on the window,” said David Castillo. “What are you going to do? Are we going to live in fear every time we go out into the streets. My youngest daughter has autism and every time we approach that intersection she asks if we are going to get hit.”
“When its campaign time our mailboxes are flooded with your mail but when we ask for answers we get crickets,” said Tia Walker. “I’ve emailed everyone on the dais and only heard back from two of you.”