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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:30 pm

I came across the senseless death of the young 21-year-old girl outside Moonshadows restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway as the first emergency vehicles were responding. She was struck and killed by a vehicle while trying to cross the very busy highway.

Moonshadows has inadequate parking on the ocean side, all of which is for valet only, and valets also park cars along the highway. As a result, most patrons park across PCH on the north side and then fend for themselves crossing the four-lane major thoroughfare. This creates an exceptionally dangerous situation. As a result, the City of Malibu and Moonshadows are complicit in this girl’s death.

Here’s what needs to happen immediately. The city should shut the restaurant down until it does the following: opens its adjacent parking lot free to all patrons; install a traffic signal/cross walk at Moonshadows’ expense (since it would be the only benefiting party) in front of the restaurant; provide offsite parking as needed during prime business hours with free shuttles to nearby lots which now sit pretty much empty.

The city currently only suggests that valets be required to wear neon vests. This is not enough and the city will soon be named in lawsuits as a party which knowing the danger, chose to do nothing about it.

Act now, before more are killed.

Jeff Lowe

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  • CHCHCH posted at 8:34 am on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    CHCHCH Posts: 2

    As a PCH motorcyclist for years (especially, as well as car driver) our consciousnesses are raised, high, how dangerous *average* PCH driving is, let alone this--now a time-proven killer, this crossing where we usually drink &/or take our minds off things, now, well beyond an "accident(s) waiting to happen." Specifically, limo drivers are among the safest we observe, but another "lose" in such a multi-"lose-lose" tragedy. With social networking, it behooves Moonshadow ownership, et al., to tell us what dramatic CHANGES you'll make now? We are waiting... ...and watching... there are TONS of ways to efficiently talk to the public. (With respect, these comments written to the "Malibu Times" might be at the bottom of the list; note the economic damage on Rush "sluts..." Limbaugh as his sponsors are yanked away via a Facebook campaign.) Otherwise, the legal "kitchen sink" that'll be thrown at Moonshadows presumably shall maybe put this place out of business--another "lose" for its employees, etc. To the friends of this young woman ... and to the unfortunate limo driver (we serious motorcyclists observe that they're among the safest drivers), humbly, my deep sympathy.

  • Matt Horns posted at 12:27 am on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Matt Horns Posts: 739

    Driving home after work at Trancas Canyon last week at 11:00 PM, we whizzed past a pedestrian near Moonshadows walking very close to traffic wearing black clothing. I was the passenger in the right seat and saw him only a few seconds before we passed him. The driver didn' see him at all.

    My point is, no amount of public safety measures can totally eliminate traffic fatalities because tere will always be people behaving in a way that invites disaster.

  • Matt Horns posted at 12:16 am on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Matt Horns Posts: 739

    I agree with Bu about reducing the speed limit. I drive PCH in East Malibu all the time, and am often stuck in slow traffic. I have seen way too many deaths on this insanely dangerous roadway, so when the traffic is clear I drive no faster than 40mph. I think a strongly-enforced 40mph speed limit would greatly enhance safety here.

    Again, the problem is not limited to Moonshadows. Unsafe jaywalking occurs on PCH throughout Malibu. A fix for the problem must be comprehensve.

  • bu posted at 7:48 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    bu Posts: 12

    I agree that some thing needs to be done and a light there seems the perfection solution....or perhaps Moon shadows could supply someone to escort customers across the street... a sign approaching Moon shadows on both sides might help WATCH FOR CROSSING PATRONS...or some thing to that effect...or perhaps slowing down the speed limit. Personally I think lowering the speed limit would be a great solution to a lot of issues on PCH.....

  • Whaler31 posted at 9:20 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    Whaler31 Posts: 21

    Wow. I come over here occasionally, to read the news from the 'bu, my hometown.

    Locals parked on the landslide of PCH, not in the park n' pay lot. Then again, most locals learned early-on, that PCH is a road you must understand, to navigate.

    Moonshadows and PCH have always been like nitro and glycerin.

    I recall....there were bad situations happening there in the 70's, 80's, & 90's,

    Just seems bizarre that they have always dodged the bullet, themselves.

    Good luck with that crossing signal!

  • Matt Horns posted at 2:39 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Matt Horns Posts: 739

    People are justified for being horrified by this tragedy. That said, let's be realistic concerninig how to prevent future similar fatalities.

    A "free" shuttle would cost Moonshadows more than they earn in profit from a patron. Not feasable.

    A lighted crosswalk would be a huge help. However, it would take months to construct and it's not fair to demand that Moonshadows closes down for that long.

    Opening the parking lot for free parking is easy and would relieve some of the problem.

    People jaywalk across PCH in East Malibu hudreds of times every day. Some do it dangerously, scurrying into the middle lane and waiting there with vehicles careening past them only a few feet away until there is a break in traffic on the other side. I am amazed that there are not several deaths every week from this dangerous behavior.

    Others jaywalking across PCH do it safely. They wait patiently for however long it takes until the highway is clear of traffic in both directions.

    The victim ran directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle. I am verry sorry for her death, but we cannot blame Moonshadows for that poor decision.

  • howa777 posted at 12:21 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    howa777 Posts: 1

    Thank you for this! iam a friend of the girl who passed away, this would never happen if they had something, anything.. Please please please lets all try & make something happen, she didnt deserve to go

  • MalibuSue2 posted at 2:16 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    MalibuSue2 Posts: 1

    This is indeed a very good solution to an ongoing problem that should be implemented ASAP.