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Law could cost speeders their licenses

July 31, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cars still speed by the memorial that marks the spot where Elizabeth Sandoval was killed. She was struck last July by a hit-and-run driver who police said was driving way over the speed limit. Her brother said this brings back those terrible memories."It's still hard," said the victim's brother, Mauricio Sandoval. "It's nothing that's easy to get through, but we're hanging in there."

The alleged driver is 24-year-old Ara Grigoryan. He was found in Mexico City and brought back to the U.S. Police said he was going so fast the impact threw the victim 75 to 100 feet.

Frank Loera works in the area and said things have not changed.

"From Grand Avenue to Adams, no signal stops. So, it's about six blocks they [drive] really fast," Loera said.

"Speeders who care nothing about the consequences of their actions," said Assemblyman Paul Krekorian.

Krekorian is sponsoring a bill to get tough on motorists who speed 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.

"Let's face it, they don't really fear getting a ticket, but what they do fear is losing their driver's license," Krekorian said.

The new law would add extra points immediately to their driving record, and they could lose their license twice as quickly. Police said before the accident Grigoryan had been cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian and had several tickets for speeding.

"He actually had been warned by the Department of Motor Vehicles about his dangerous driving and that if he continued to drive that way it would result in some type of injury or death," said Glendale Police Department Chief Randy Adams.

"If this was passed a long time ago, he would've never been on the road and that would never have happened to my sister," Sandoval said. "It's really good because there's people out there that don't know how to drive. They really need to get their license taken away."

 

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