Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
11/8/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
*UPDATED* TRAFFIC FATALITY – COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE AND LOS CERRITOS PARK PLACE
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Updated 11/08/19:

On November 7, 2019, suspect Carlo Navarro was re-booked for two counts of manslaughter in connection to the traffic fatality investigation from October 31st, while in custody for an unrelated burglary warrant.

The same day, detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration and a no-bail hold was granted until Navarro’s scheduled arraignment on Tuesday, November 12th.

Navarro is currently being held at the Los Angeles County Jail.

Updated 11/04/19:

In the early hours of November 4, 2019, officers were notified that the female adult involved in the October 31, 2019 traffic collision had succumb to her injuries in the evening of November 3rd. 

The female has been identified as 32-year-old Raihan Awaida of Long Beach.

Updated 11/02/19:


On November 2, 2019, officers were notified that the juvenile involved in the October 31, 2019 traffic collision had succumb to his injuries earlier that morning. The juvenile is only being identified as a three-year-old male.

Original Release Published on 11/01/19:

The below information was updated on 11/04/19 with the identity of the male adult.

On October 31, 2019 at approximately 9:55 p.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision in the area of Country Club Drive and Los Cerritos Park Place involving a vehicle and three pedestrians, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Upon arrival, officers located three pedestrians, a male and female adult and one male juvenile. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and began administering life-saving measures to the critically injured pedestrians. All three pedestrians were transported to local hospitals, where the male adult pedestrian later succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 2002 Toyota Sequoia was traveling southbound on Country Club Drive approaching Los Cerritos Park when he failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway, drove up onto the sidewalk, and struck the three pedestrians, who were walking southbound on the west sidewalk of Country Club Drive. The three pedestrians are all residents of Long Beach and are from the same family.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 20-year-old Carlo Navarro of Long Beach, was detained at the scene and a DUI investigation was initiated. Navarro was taken into custody and booked for driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter and is being held in the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail.

The decedent has been identified as Joseph Awaida, a 30-year-old resident of Long Beach.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Any residents in the area who may have video surveillance of the collision or of the vehicle driving prior to the collision are asked to contact Detective Sirilo Garcia via his email at sirilo.garcia@longbeach.gov. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.