FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
On Friday, February 19, 2016, at approximately 6:50 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to an injury traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian at intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Butler Avenue, which ultimately resulted in the pedestrian’s death.
When officers arrived, they discovered a 2007 Honda Civic on Artesia Boulevard with front end damage and a man laying in the street with serious injuries. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital.
The investigation revealed the man was attempting to cross southbound Artesia Boulevard on the east side of Butler Avenue. Due to the pedestrian's possible age and physical condition, he was unable to completely cross the street on a green signal, and stopped and waited on the center divider for the next green light. As the light turned green again, the pedestrian stepped off the curb and began walking southbound towards the bus bench, located on the southeast corner. The Honda Civic, which was traveling southbound on Butler Avenue on a green light, attempted to make a left hand turn onto eastbound Artesia Boulevard when it struck the pedestrian.
The driver of the Honda, a female adult from Long Beach, was not injured and remained at the scene. The investigation remains ongoing.
On Saturday, February 20th, the pedestrian, a 57-yr-old resident of Long Beach, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine official cause of death and release his identity once next of kin has been notified.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.