Pedestrian killed by sheared lightpole in chain-reaction crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A 40-year-old pedestrian waiting to cross a street was killed after being hit by a lightpole that sheared off when a pickup truck smashed into it in a chain-reaction collision, police said today. Arsen Gevorgyan, 40, of North Hollywood was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred just before noon Sunday at Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue, police said. A 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck caromed off a 1992 Honda Civic trying to make a left turn from Victory to Whitsett. The crash caused the truck to lose control and shear a light pole at the northwest corner of the intersection where Gevorgyan was waiting to cross the street, police said. Paramedics pronounced Gevorgyan dead at the scene. No one else was injured, but a dog riding in the pickup truck was thrown from the vehicle. The dog suffered leg injuries. Neither alcohol nor drugs was a factor in the crash, said Los Angeles Police Detective Dave Millan, of the Valley Traffic Division, who was investigating the cause of the crash. Millan said there have been other serious crashes at that intersection, which does not have a northbound left-hand turn signal, something he was going to look into. “It seems right now its a tragic accident,” Millan said. “We need a left-hand turning arrow here and these are the reasons why.”last_img read more


first_imgSLIMMING WORLD: Following the amazing response last week to our piece on the dangers of men being overweight we really feel we should apologize. It was never our intention to scare anyone; unfortunately the truth has a habit of doing that. The numbers we gave you weren’t our own figures; they were the findings of different studies done by the World Health Organisation and Health Ireland Survey, among others.Statistics from Health Ireland Survey in 2015 state that 60% of adults in the Republic of Ireland are overweight (37%) or obese (23%).Obesity has more than doubled in Ireland in the last 20 years. The proportion of men with an obese BMI has risen from 8% to 25%, while the proportion of women has risen from 13% to 22%.People who struggle with their weight often suffer low confidence and self-esteem. Poor mobility and generally poorer quality of life are other common experiences, as are increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and some types of cancer. That’s only the beginning….By 2030 it is estimated that 89% of Irish men and 85% of Irish women will have weight problems. By the same year researchers predict 57% of Irish women and 48% of Irish men will have reached an obese state. (WHO 2015)The European Obesity Summit (EOS) 2016 was held in Gothenburg, Sweden last week and some of the more significant findings were as follows;Overweight men who had a larger waist measurement were more at risk of prostate cancer.Overweight children are 9% more likely to develop colon cancer as an adult.The only silver lining to this particular cloud is that this is a prediction, it isn’t yet a fact, and we can still change it. We can sit back and cry at successive governments to introduce a tax on sugar or reduce the cost of healthy food or we can make a stand and take responsibility for our own lives and well being.Moderate changes to our eating habits and daily activity will reap amazing rewards. Every week in groups across Donegal we help our members find ways they can prepare meals not just for themselves but for the entire family, teaching a whole new generation the benefits of healthy eating.If you change nothing, nothing will change, you decide. SLIMMING WORLD: IF YOU CHANGE NOTHING, NOTHING WILL CHANGE! was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeatureshealthnewsSlimming Worldlast_img read more