Councilmember Curren Price (Ninth District) joined neighbors, SoCal Families for Safe Streets and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on Aug. 12 to commemorate a Rainbow Halo in the name of District 9 community member Jammie Wilson, who was senselessly struck down and killed at the intersection of 51st Street and Normandie Avenue by a hit-and-run driver. 

“The pain of losing a loved one is never easy but to lose someone from traffic violence -–  a preventable death –– is heart wrenching and unacceptable,” said Price. “Far too often, Angelenos are killed by cars while walking or riding their bikes on the street so we must stay vigilant and continue to advocate for safer streets,”

Wilson’s family played a key role in the installation of this latest Rainbow Halo, which honors people who have been killed in traffic crashes. The memorial’s multicolored discs are located on poles throughout the city. They are about the size of a dinner plate and cast a rainbow shadow across the pavement.

The public art project is part of Vision Zero, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative to eliminate traffic deaths on Los Angeles streets by 2025.

The Los Angeles Police Department is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identity, arrest, and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for taking  Wilson’s life. Contact Det. Michael Flannery or Officer Andrew Guzman, South Traffic Division, at (323) 421-2500, with any information.

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