FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2017
TRAFFIC FATALITY - 7th Street and Channel Drive
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at approximately 11:05 pm, officers were dispatched to 7th Street east of Channel Drive regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the male pedestrian lying unconscious on the sidewalk on the south side of 7th Street. Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics responded and determined the pedestrian deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Honda Accord was traveling east on 7th Street in the number three lane passing Channel Drive. After passing the intersection, the driver lost control of her vehicle and drove up onto the sidewalk striking the 63-year-old male Westminster resident. According to witness and the Honda driver’s statement, there was a dark colored vehicle traveling east in the number two lane of 7th Street who attempted to change lanes into the number three lane almost colliding into the Honda. In doing so, it caused the driver of the Honda to make an evasive maneuver and lose control of her vehicle, which eventually drove up onto the sidewalk and struck the pedestrian.
The dark colored vehicle did not make contact with the Honda and fled the scene.
The driver of the Honda is a 23-year-old resident of Long Beach who was uninjured. She was positively identified and released at the scene.
The identity of the decedent is being withheld until the next of kin has been notified.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.