At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a traffic signal along state-owned Laguna Canyon Road.
LCAD President Jonathan Burke's request comes after 22-year-old Nina Fitzpatrick, a fine-arts student, died after she was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 8:45 p.m. April 3 in front of the main campus, at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.
Police said an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan struck Fitzpatrick, who lived in Costa Mesa. The driver was not cited or arrested by police.
Caltrans is scheduled to install a traffic signal in front of the main campus in 2015, but Burke would like the pedestrian-activated signal ready by fall.
The proposed HAWK pedestrian crossing system would use yellow and red lights and lighted displays of a person walking as well as a hand to guide drivers and pedestrians.