On Monday, May 23, 2016, at approx. 11:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Carson Street and Clark Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of one male adult, and the serious injury of a second.
When officers arrived, they located one driver that had been ejected from his vehicle and had sustained major head trauma, with the second driver having sustained major body trauma. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and transported both drivers to local hospitals. Shortly thereafter, the ejected driver was pronounced deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 1994 GMC pickup, being driven by a 21-year- old resident of Lakewood, was traveling southbound on Clark Avenue and approaching Carson Street at a high rate of speed. According to an independent witness, the driver failed to stop for a red light and was struck in the intersection by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson traveling westbound on Carson Street on a green light. The Hyundai was being driven by a 67-year-old resident of Lakewood. As a result of the collision, the GMC pickup slid sideways towards the southwest corner of the Carson Street and Clark Avenue, collided with the south curb, a fire hydrant, and then flipped onto its passenger side, ejecting the driver in the process. The driver had not been wearing his seatbelt. After the initial collision, the Hyundai rolled towards the southwest corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street where it came to a stop against the south curb. The driver of the Hyundai is listed in stable condition.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7132. 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