LA PUENTE — Wesley Davis died in a motorcycle crash only blocks away from where he grew up in La Puente. Candles, pictures and handwritten testimonials mark the intersection where the accident occurred, but his family and neighbors want something else there, too: a traffic signal so a dangerous intersection won’t cause another death. “There is a problem there,” said his stepmother, Rebecca Hinojos. “I hope someone does something about it, so another family doesn’t have to go through what we’re going through.” Davis, 25, was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Amar Road on Sept. 17 when a truck turned left on Tonopah Road in front of him, according to the sheriff’s department. He tried to avoid a collision but was hit by the truck. La Puente received suggestions such as adding a traffic light and limiting parking on Amar Road to increase visibility when turning from Tonopah Avenue, City Manager Hal Ledford said. The sheriff’s department reported five collisions at that intersection in the past three years, Ledford said. The city’s traffic engineer will review the accident history and take traffic counts to determine whether a signal is needed. A petition will lend weight to a decision to install a signal, Ledford said, but that won’t be the only factor. “Yes, we’re going to listen to residents, but at the end of the day we have to ultimately do what is safest,” he said. In the meantime, Wesley Davis’ family waits for results from the accident investigation. They held his funeral on Monday. The 1998 La Puente High graduate loved sports, the Oakland Raiders, animals and people, according to his family. “Wesley touched many hearts,” Hinojos said. “Anybody that met Wesley, they took a part of Wesley with them.” @ tagline columnist:Rodney Tanaka can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2230, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 He was pronounced dead after being taken off life support on Sept. 23, his family said. Connie Canales, 71, who lives near the accident scene and is a school crossing guard, said she has collected about 450 signatures in support of putting a traffic signal at Amar and Tonopah. “It’s very dangerous,” she said. “Traffic doesn’t stop.” The neighborhood used to have little traffic, but the area has grown, said Wesley’s aunt, Ruth Davis. “Life is faster,” she said. “People just have to slow down.”
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