At the corner of California and Columbus avenues in Glendale stands a makeshift memorial. White silk flowers and candles commemorate the sudden passing of Misak Ranjbar, and 80-year-old man struck and killed in that intersection last month.
September, for whatever reason, seemed to have an unusual amount of vehicular mayhem. Two big rigs crashed on the Foothill (210) Freeway in as many days in La Cañada, an allegedly intoxicated man drove his Corvette into a Burbank's home, and a car rammed into the Glendale Marie Calendar's following a collision. And that was all within the last 10 days.
During a single week in mid-September, Glendale saw four pedestrian-related accidents, one of whom was struck in a crosswalk. On Sept. 13, a homeless man was run over by a 7-Up delivery truck shortly after being released from Glendale Memorial Hospital.