On February 8, 2020 at approximately 11:16 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to Magnolia Avenue and West 3rd Street regarding an injury traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
Upon arrival, Officers observed that a yellow charter bus struck a pedestrian and the pedestrian was trapped under the bus. The Long Beach Fire Department arrived and Paramedics performed lifesaving medical aid. Unfortunately the pedestrian succumbed to her injuries and was determined deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was crossing 3rd Street, southbound on the west side of Magnolia Avenue. She waited at the “DON’T WALK” signal for the light to change and began to cross the street with the “WALK” signal. While crossing in the marked crosswalk, she was struck by a 2002 Bluebird bus, which was traveling north on Magnolia Avenue, turning left onto 3rd Street.
The bus was being driven by a 25-year-old male resident of Van Nuys, who remained at the scene, was interviewed and later released. Neither alcohol, drugs or distracted driving were a factor for the driver. He had a valid commercial driver’s license and proof of insurance.
The pedestrian is identifed as 71-year-old Mamlekat Joseph of Long Beach.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7110. 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.