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Redondo Beach police investigate the scene where woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Aviation Boulevard at Grant Avenue in Redondo Beach on Saturday night, Jan. 26. Police are seeking the driver of a vehicle described as a black Audi Q5 SUV with damage to the front windshield and hood. (Photo ONSCENE.TV)

Three traffic collisions occurred within blocks of each other in North Redondo Beach between July and October. One of them, on Artesia Boulevard at Rindge Lane in July, resulted in the death of a motorcyclist by a motorist arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Just a few blocks away, two more crashes, one each in September and October, resulted in broadsided vehicles. It would seem the area had issues, so the City Council asked its staff to analyze the numbers.

Staff, though, determined that as a whole, the number of traffic collisions in the region was less than average compared to Los Angeles County and did not require any roadway improvements.

Redondo staffers will present those findings at the Tuesday, Dec. 3, City Council meeting.

Eight fatal traffic collisions have occurred in North Redondo Beach along popular stretches of Aviation, Artesia and Manhattan Beach boulevards over slightly more than two years. Three fatalities occurred on Artesia, between between Green and Felton lanes. Three were on Aviation Boulevard near Grant Avenue.

Among those who lost their lives was 36-year-old Iryna Miller, who died in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2018 on Artesia Boulevard near Green Lane. Miller was killed when she and a girlfriend were trying to keep an intoxicated man from getting behind the wheel of his car, and they both were struck by a pickup truck.

“The driver never slowed down,” Miller’s girlfriend, Melinda Bradshaw, told the Daily Breeze. “There was no screeching of brakes. He was definitely going over the speed limit. I’ve been at that corner a lot and I know the normal traffic. This was definitely exceeding the limit.”

Gregory Trawick, 52, was killed a year earlier while riding his bicycle on Artesia Boulevard, just a few blocks away, near Felton Lane.

Traffic collisions, though, are measured in crashes per million vehicle miles traveled. Compared to similar roadways in Los Angeles County and the state, the report found the collision rate at nine select corridors in North Redondo Beach — between 1.8 and 2.61 — was below average.

Those nine corridors, the report stated, had low collision rates and do not “flag a roadway design issue.” The highest rates of crashed occurred on Artesia Boulevard, between Aviation Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue; and Marine Avenue, between Aviation Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue.

As for the fatalities, the report concluded, the collisions were largely due to “non-systemic issues,” such as incorrect behavior.

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