Family of Teen Pedestrian Fatally Struck in Palms Blames Traffic Light Malfunction for Crash

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The family of a 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck while crossing a street in Palms said Wednesday that the teen was obeying traffic laws, but a malfunctioning light allowed cars into the intersection too soon.

David Lindley was on his way to school Tuesday morning when he struck by two vehicles as he crossed at the intersection at Venice Boulevard and South Robertson Boulevard (map).

Both drivers stopped and attempted to help the teen, according to police, who said Lindley had crossed the street on a red light and no crime was committed.

Lindley was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

But Lindley’s family said the teen, who was autistic, always played it safe and had walked the same route to school for several years.

The family claimed the pedestrian crossing light was still on when drivers were given a green light, and that’s why Lindley was in the street when he was hit.

KTLA cameras recorded the traffic signals and showed they were not in sync. Pedestrians were given 24 seconds to cross, but at around 10 seconds, lights turned green for the drivers waiting at the red light.

Lindley’s mother, Maureen Sennhauser, said she was planning to meet with City Council members later in the day.

“It’s so surreal. I just keep thinking he’s going to come home with his backpack and talk to me … and say ‘Hi mom, I had a great day,’” Sennhauser said.

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