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Just as we were relishing the peace and quiet we were enjoying this morning since the circus of Lindsay Lohan going to court is occurring near her new home in Venice, we read news in the Los Angeles Times that the troubled starlet was busted in West Hollywood on Sunday for driving almost double the speed limit on San Vicente.

Clothing and medical supplies strewn about on San Vicente after an accident involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian, Derrick Gardner, later died of his injuries. (Photo Brandy/Brandy29 on Twitter for Weho Daily)

The location of the bust is actually right near Rosewood on the 400 block of San Vicente, where Derrick Gardner was killed in a vehicle vs pedestrian collision on July 1 of 2010.

Residents of the area have been trying to get signals and a crosswalk installed at the location for years.  The City recently denied the request after a study that said average speeds on the street did not exceed the speed limit by a large enough margin to define speeding as a problem in that location.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times that Lindsay was cited at about 9 p.m. when L.A. County sheriff’s deputies clocked her going nearly double the speed limit — 59 mph in the  30 mph zone.

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14 Comments

  1. tca says:

    Here is an example of the absolute worst kind of reporting. Whoever thought this article was a good idea should be fired. This seems almost criminal and Ms. Lohan should sue you for defamation.

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  2. Tammy Johnson says:

    I do have a thought on this article. Did anyone from the newspaper bother to ask Derrick Gardners Mother or family how they felt about using the accident scene picture?? I mean in my opinion .. Lindsey Lohan is a total NOTHING to me .. but Derrick Gardner was my Nephew .. and to see these pictures again .. horrify my fresh wounds. I just think that it would have been in GOOD taste, to Derricks family to ask if they mind these pictures posted with a media divas name. Beacuse to be totally honest our family is still grieving and this .. in my opinion was done in POOR taste!!

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  3. admin says:

    To TCA: I’m not sure what you think is criminal on our end… the speeding ticket was reported by hundreds of media outlets far and wide, not just us. That she did it in a location that has been in the news here for complaints of speeding drivers, and where a man died, is worthy of note for our local audience.

    To Tammy: I’m terribly sorry that this photo seems to have upset Derrick’s family, and of course, that was not our intention. It was posted as a reminder of why we need that street (among others) to be safer, to hopefully prevent further injury or loss of life there. One of the primary reasons this publication was founded was to raise the level of awareness to such accidents in hopes of creating safer streets. We feel that photos like this are important in raising that awareness.

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  4. tca says:

    Justify it as you see fit, but my point was simply that this type of article, connecting these events, including a sensational headline and crime scene photo, is the perfect example of bad journalism.
    “Worthy of note for our local audience” – nice try..and now you claim “raising awareness”? Even trying to make this anything more than an attempt to sensationalize Lindsay Lohan’s actions is disrespectful to Derrick Gardner. You should apologize for more than simply using the photo. So, maybe ‘poor taste’ is not a crime, but don’t make it any worse by claiming some higher cause.

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  5. admin says:

    If you look at the coverage by others for this speeding ticket, almost all of it, including major publications, connected it to her appearance in court and ongoing legal troubles. We simply connected it to one of the biggest news stories from last year here in our city. I’m guessing that you don’t live here in West Hollywood because of what you are reading into this… people who live here don’t consume tabloid fodder the same way as the rest of the world. Connecting a high profile speeding ticket to an ongoing neighborhood complaint about speeding and safety in that location is perfectly reasonable.

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  6. admin says:

    Let me just add… this publication has always and will continue to make pedestrian safety one of our top areas of focus. If you think that we are being disingenuous simply to try to sensationalize Lohan’s actions, please take a look at our other coverage on the topic of pedestrian safety. And also learn about the location in question in this post.

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  7. admin says:

    And one more note… today in West Hollywood, there have been two vehicle vs pedestrian accidents (so far).

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  8. Pam Walton says:

    Let me ask you this…how many minutes out of your day would it have taken you to contact Derrick’s mother? You could have saved her and the rest of the family from all of this anguish. Have you ever heard of the words respect, courtesy and especially decency? Look them up and learn their meanings!!

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  9. admin says:

    Hi Pam… I appreciate your comments and we are seriously contemplating the issues raised about sensitivity to the family. While we do that, here are a couple of thoughts. For one, we don’t have contact information for Derrick’s mother, but even so, its uncertain if we feel it would be appropriate to ask outside parties for permission and approval in our reporting. Second, we feel it is important to show images such as this to raise awareness of the REALITY of what happens on our streets and what happened to Derrick. But also, third, this seems to be the type of image that is commonly shown in news reports about such accidents, so while I can certainly understand that the family may not want to see it, it doesn’t seem like the image content falls outside of normal editorial practices. It seems risky to read coverage related to or talking about any traumatic event someone has experienced so to some degree we can’t be responsible for the effect it might have for those individuals, as long as we are following generally accepted editorial practices in what we say or show. And as stated, I think this image fits in with those generally used by others when talking about pedestrian safety and accidents. The bottom line is we’re fighting for safer streets and to prevent incidents such as the one that took the life of Derrick, and unfortunately, and with no disrespect for Derrick or the family intended (in fact, we’d like to think the opposite), when we talk about that location, the incident that occurred there will likely be party of our coverage.

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  10. Derrick Gardners sister says:

    i think that there should be a damn light there… san vincint was where my brother was hit and killed and the city is retrted for not having one there in the first place… if there was one there i would still have my brother… so i will say iwill never come back to you r damned city again…

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  11. Kayla Gardner says:

    And its not that hard to get ahold of my mother or me for that fact… next time u want to use something that deals with my brother HERES MY NUMBER [redacted]…. y dont u contact me… im not being mean… just try to understand that with the circumstances following my brothers death.. we have been through enough… im glad ur still doing ur part on trin to get a light or what ever put there.. but just remember there is a lil thing called RESPECT and obviously not a lot of people know it…

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  12. admin says:

    THANK YOU for your comment, Derrek’s sister! That is pretty much my feeling on the matter. I was angry when I heard that the city decided that speeding wasn’t a problem a few weeks ago and that a crosswalk would NOT be installed. Then to have not only West Hollywood but the world reporting on speeding there a few days later was just…

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  13. Carrie Boisse says:

    Dear Admin:
    This is Carrie Boisse.. Derrick’s Gardner’s mother, I appreciate the awareness that you are trying to make for public safety for other’s like my Son.

    Maybe I should send you the pictures of his last day on earth for you to put on your front page to show the city council members and your local city planners just what I had to see the last 4 days of my Son’s life to to thier neglect of saftey for the people who walk in West Hollywood.

    I am sure the pictures I have of my Son in the hospital with his half his skull gone and taking his lasdts breath’s may help. I truely believe if it was one of thier children who was killed in this accident instead of my son a cross walk would already be there. They Mayor knew my son and I believe it was him when you first printed the accident in July let the wounds heal before we take action or something like that. I for onr have not seen one thing done taking any safety steps for citizens of West hollywood.

    This is surely a huge issue in West Hollywood. The speed limits people go down a street with no crosswalk for a mile or more should be taken more seriously.

    Lindsey should look at these pictures of my son I have and see speeding in that area is dangerous and she could have hit someone as well.

    Carrie Boisse

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  14. admin says:

    Thank you so much for posting, Carrie. I promise you that I will keep fighting for safer streets here, and the installation of a crosswalk and signals at this location. The “let the wounds heal” comment has also been on my mind (it was Mayor Pro-Tem John Duran who said that) as I too have felt the same way about the lack of a heightened emphasis on pedestrian safety since the outcry after the incident. I will not let people forget about your loss, and that it could happen to any of us who spend time on the streets here. A few weeks ago we had a debate with candidates for city council, and I submitted a question about why things had not been done, and specifically at this location. Unfortunately, the moderator did not choose this as a question to ask the candidates. But I have not given up. I’ll continue to talk to the city and our leaders about this issue, and as this site grows in readership, I hope that I can influence more and more residents to join me in doing the same.

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