FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2016
On Thursday, September 29, 2016, at approximately 7:06 p.m., Long Beach Police Department responded to a vehicle versus a pedestrian injury traffic collision at the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Street.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a 2009 Ford Flex in the intersection and a male victim laying in the roadway next to the vehicle. Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local Hospital.
The Investigation revealed that the 2009 Ford Flex was traveling westbound Artesia Boulevard when three male juveniles attempted to run diagnolly across Artesia Boulevard at Myrtle Avenue. Two of the male pedestrians successfully ran across Artesia Boulevard in front of the vehicle, but the victim did not and was struck by the Ford Flex.
The driver of the 2009 Ford Flex, a 43-year-old male resident of Compton, stopped at the scene and called 911. He and his passenger did not suffer any injuries. The driver had a valid drivers license and insurance and was not cited.
The victim is a 17 year-old resident of Long Beach and suffered major head trauma.
On September 30, 2016, he died from his injuries at a local hospital.
Any witnesses are asked to call Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520.