Long Beach
Police Department

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400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
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On Saturday, May 20, 2017, at approximately 2:40 am, officers were dispatched to Clark Avenue and Eagle Street regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and a utility pole, which resulted in the death of one of the passengers.

When officers arrived on scene, they discovered two passengers inside the vehicle. One of the passengers was unconscious and officers pulled the passenger out of the vehicle and administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics responded and determined the passenger deceased. The other passenger was injured and was transported to Memorial Hospital.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the 2000 Toyota Avalon was traveling north on Clark Avenue when it veered off the roadway and hit a utility pole just north of Eagle Street. A male subject was found walking away from the scene a few blocks north of the accident. The male subject was detained and a witness was able to identify him as the driver.

One of the passengers, a 24-year old resident of Long Beach, suffered a broken leg and Long Beach Paramedics transported him to a local hospital.

The deceased passenger was identified as a 31-year old male resident of Seal Beach. The identity of the decedent is being withheld until the next of kin has been notified by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

The driver a 24-year-old resident of Lakewood, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver was also found to be under the influence and was admitted to the hospital. The driver faces multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit and run and felony driving under the influence.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.