Rainbow Halo Memorial for Josh
The Josh Fund and SoCal Families for Safe Streets – a coalition of families whose loved ones have been killed by the epidemic of traffic violence in Los Angeles – will recognize yet another Rainbow Halo. As a memorial program through LA City’s Department of Transportation, these multicolor discs serve to honor those killed in traffic violence and remind our City of its commitment to Vision Zero, the goal of having zero traffic deaths by 2025.
On February 6, 2021, 27 year old Josh was killed at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Wilcox Ave. by a hit-and-run driver in an area notorious for a dangerous mix of heavy foot traffic, high speed cars, and lack of safe pedestrian infrastructure. Just a year before his death, in 2020, this stretch of road saw four crashes and five injuries. His killing, like all traffic fatalities, was preventable.
On Sunday, November 20th, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Southern California Families for Safe Streets (SoCal FSS), a project of Los Angeles Walks, will be holding a Rainbow Halo ceremony to remember Josh. November 20th is also World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and the ceremony in one of dozens of events happening across the world.
In past years, traffic violence has worsened across the country and especially in Los Angeles. Street racing and high speeds on neighborhood streets have become commonplace. And while before the pandemic every 36 hours an Angeleno was killed by a car crash, today it is every 30 hours.
Representatives from family and friends of Josh, the Josh Fund, SoCal Families for Safe Streets and LADOT will be speaking. There will also be a performance by Rosebud, a R&B/Dance Pop Star and a close collaborator with Josh, aka DJ Marko. She will be performing “Feel For You” in his honor.