“With the recent accident, this would be a good way to discourage speeding,” Newcomer said. Newcomer said he recognizes that the sign and maybe even enforcement won’t stop all people from going too fast. “But if we cut down the numbers \, it’s a good thing,” he said. The actions are taking place following the accident in which a 2006 Toyota Scion went out of control on Colima Road just north of Mar Vista Street. The southbound car crashed into a tree and was torn into two parts. The two pieces of wreckage came to rest within 25 to 30 feet of each other. Killed in the crash were Albert Joseph Valasquez, 19, and Jennifer Unzueta, 18, both of Whittier, and Joshua David Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera. The car’s driver, Xenia Guerra, 18, of Whittier and passenger, Hector Saenz, 18, of Whittier are recovering from their injuries. WHITTIER – City officials are moving forward on different fronts to slow traffic on Colima Road following an April 3 accident in which two young men and one young woman were killed. Police officers armed with radar guns will be out Monday checking for speeding vehicles. The City Council this week also authorized the installation of a solar-powered radar sign to show drivers how fast they’re going. Mayor Owen Newcomer, who asked for the installation of a radar device, said these plans all can help make the road safer. The accident is still under investigation. City officials noted that Colima Road descends steeply south from its summit as it approaches Mar Vista Street and there is a tendency for southbound vehicles to speed up. Police Department information officer Diana Salazar said increased speed enforcement on Colima was instituted immediately, prior to the authorization of a warning sign. The city recently raised the speed limit to 55 mph from 45 mph and now can legally enforce it, Salazar said. “We want to let people know that we will be there and to be cautious,” she said. It will take about 10 weeks to install the new $10,000 speed warning sign, said Traffic Engineer Joe Dyer. Installation will cost about $1,500, he said. The sign is expected to be placed north of the Arroyo Pescadero Trail Head on the west side of Colima Road. “I hope the sign will give drivers coming down the hill recognition of their speed,” Dyer said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!