On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 12:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to Cherry Avenue and Carson Street regarding an injury traffic collision between two vehicles.
When officers arrived on scene, Long Beach Fire and Department was already on scene and were using the "jaws of life" to extricate the driver of a 2001 Saturn that sustained major damage. Officers also discovered a 2004 Hyundai with major damage with the driver still seated inside the vehicle.
Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics transported the driver of the 2001 Saturn to a local hospital with a fractured hip and pelvic. It should be noted that the driver was alert and made statement to the officers about the accident.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the 2004 Hyundai was traveling northbound Cherry Avenue in the #2 lane of traffic. As the 2004 Hyundai passed Carson Avenue, the 2001 Saturn made an unsafe right turn, directly in the path of 2004 Hyundai, from the east parking lot, to go northbound Cherry. The Hyundai was unable to avoid the Saturn and struck the Saturn on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The driver, of the Hyundai is Guillermo Fajardo-Soto, a 19-yr-old resident of Gardena. The driver was not transported and was treated at the scene and released.
The driver of the Saturn is Timothy Johnson, a 20-yr-old resident of Lakewood.
On October 4, 2017, Long Beach Collision investigation was notified by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office that Timothy Johnson had passed away on September 24, 2017. At this time we are waiting for the Coroner’s full report for final determination of the cause of death.
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.