Santa Ana intersection where 71-year-old woman was fatally struck has had history of problems with speeding vehicles – Orange County Register

SANTA ANA – A volunteer several times a week at St. Joseph Church and St. Joseph School, 71-year-old Charlene Hanson was well aware of speeding and other traffic hazards at Civic Center Drive and Lacy Street, the intersection separating the institutions.

“A lot of times with the traffic there, she was always telling people, ‘Use the crosswalk, use the crosswalk,’” her best friend Connie Linnert, 61, said Monday, June 19.

Hanson was leaving mass at the church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, on Saturday evening when she was hit by a truck traveling south on Lacy Street and turning left on Civic Center Drive as she crossed the latter heading north. Hours later, she died from her injuries, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.

On Monday afternoon, a bouquet of flowers lay at the foot of a neon school-crossing sign at the southeast corner of the intersection, with the yellow striped crosswalk that Hanson used before she was hit.

“If there was a (pedestrian crossing) button, maybe it would calm down a bit, but drivers don’t respect the crosswalk. They pass very fast here,” Rafael Naba, a crossing guard who recently started working the intersection on weekday mornings and afternoons, said in Spanish.

Hanson’s death has stirred not only grief from the community that knew her for a lifetime of dedication and philanthropy, but cries for new safety measures at the intersection.

St. Joseph School Principal Brad Snyder said drivers often exceed the 25 mph speed limit in that area of Civic Center Drive, a thoroughfare to Civic Center Plaza, and that motorcycle police officers stationed there on mornings have regularly been issuing speeding tickets.

The city over the past few years added blinking school crosswalk signs a block south at Lacy Street and Santa Ana Boulevard, but the crossing guard and smaller-scale measures at Lacy Street and Civic Center Drive are “still not effective,” Snyder said.

“I think there needs to be a…

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