FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
Today, the Long Beach Police Department was notified a person involved in a collision with a Los Angeles Metro Blue Line train last Friday has died. Robert Lee Mills, an 89-year-old resident of Signal Hill, had sufferd major injuries from the collision and was pronounced deceased early this morning.
On Friday, September 12, 2014, at approximately 9:28 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Burnett Street for reports of an injury traffic collision involving a Metro train and a vehicle.
When officers arrived, they discovered a 2005 Cadillac CTS had been broadsided on the drivers side by the train. Mills, who was the sole person in the vehicle, was found in the drivers seat.
Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and extracted Mills from his vehicle. Mills was transported to a local hospital and was admitted for his injuries.
Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, the preliminary investigation indicates Mills was stopped in the left turn lane of southbound Long Beach Boulevard for a red left turn arrow. Southbound vehicular and train traffic had the green light to go south on Long Beach Boulevard across Burnett Street. As the train alerted its horn and proceeded to cross Burnett Street, Mills drove into the intersection to make his left turn. The train broadsided Mills' vehicle and pushed the vehicle approximately 50 feet through the intersection.
There were no injuries reported by the train operator or any train passengers. The train operator was questioned and released. It does not appear any charges will be filed.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.