On Thursday, May 4, 2017, at approximately 3:35 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of East Pacific Coast Highway regarding an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and multiple pedestrians.
Arriving officers found a vehicle collided into the covered patio area of a restaurant that was open for business.
The preliminary investigation indicated a gray 2006 Dodge Durango was traveling westbound on East Pacific Coast Highway, when it is believed the driver experienced a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle drifted to the right, off the roadway, colliding with the raised curb on Pacific Coast Highway, crossed the sidewalk, and collided into the patio area, striking three patrons. A female patron was trapped under the vehicle and was initially aided by community members and subsequently extricated by Long Beach Fire Department personnel.
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) personnel transported the male adult driver, in critical condition, to a local hospital. They also transported the three patrons, the female adult and two male adults, to local hospitals. Their injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.
The driver was later transported to a hospital in Los Angeles and on May 5, 2017, Long Beach Police were notified that the driver, a 53-year-old resident of Seal Beach, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Coroner will determine cause of death and notify next of kin.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective David Lauro 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