Traffic tragedy touches Seal Beach

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Flowers and candles adorned the corner of 12th Street and PCH this week in memory of Sarah Krueger, a Seal Beach woman who was fatally killed while crossing the street last week. For more about the accident, see page 11. Photo by Charles M. Kelly

Seal Beach residents are organizing a memorial walk to commemorate the tragic traffic death of Sarah Krueger on Friday, Aug. 11. (For more information, email v.travis@icloud.com.) A street shrine has arisen at the corner of 12th Street and Pacific Coast Highway, where the collision occurred.  Asked what she’d heard from her constituents about the tragedy, District One Councilwoman Ellery Deaton said, “Just that we’re all very sad. I think it’s just a pervasive sadness.”

Some residents have launched n petition drive to have the city install a turn light. However, several police and city officials have confirmed that Pacific Coast Highway is 100 percent under the jurisdiction of Caltrans. District One Councilwoman Ellery Deaton said City Manager Jill Ingram is working with the state agency to analyze the intersection. According to Sgt. Michael Henderson, since Jan. 1, 2015, there have been five accidents at the intersection of which four caused injuries. Krueger’s death was not included in that data.