FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
On Thursday, December 22, 2016, at approximately 9:24 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to Ocean Boulevard at the northbound 710 Freeway regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian, which resulted in the death of the pedestrian.
When officers arrived, they discovered a 2011 Freightliner semi-tractor stopped in the #1 lane of eastbound Ocean Boulevard, just east of the northbound 710 Freeway transition. Officers located a male subject with serious injuries, in the gore point area of Ocean Boulevard between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard. LBFD paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
The investigation revealed the semi-tractor was traveling eastbound in the #1 lane of Ocean Boulevard, when the pedestrian attempted to cross southbound Ocean Boulevard. The driver of the semi-tractor attempted to swerve, but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian, and then crashed into the guardrail and eventually came to rest in the #1 lane of eastbound Ocean Boulevard. The semi-tractor was not pulling a trailer at the time of the collision.
The driver of the semi-tractor was identified as a 36-year-old resident of La Puente. He had a valid driver’s license and insurance, and was interviewed at the scene and released.
The pedestrian had no identification on his person, and appeared to be possibly homeless. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office will attempt to identify the victim and make notification to next of kin.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355. 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.