Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
9/21/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2017
Subject:
TRAFFIC FATALITY PCH AND STUDEBAKER RD
Contact:
Media Relations Detail
(562) 570-5273






On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at approximately 3:53 pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Studebaker Road and Pacific Coast Highway regarding an injury traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Upon arrival, officers located the collision upon the grass parkway of the southwest corner of the intersection. An off-duty fireman rendered emergency medical aid but the driver of the vehicle that was struck succumbed to his injuries and was determined deceased at the scene. Long Beach Fire Personnel arrived and transported the driver of the other vehicle to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by a 17 year old male resident of Huntington Beach, was traveling southbound Pacific Coast Highway (P.C.H.) in the # 1 lane approaching Studebaker Road and weaving in and out of traffic. One witness stated the Mitsubishi was traveling in excess of 60 miles per hour.

Just prior to entering the intersection, the driver of the Mitsubishi swerved his vehicle to the left to avoid a vehicle making a left turn and then swerved back to the right. Upon swerving back to the right, the Mitsubishi traveled into and across the eastbound lanes of Studebaker Road west of P.C.H where it collided with a 2016 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 58 year-old male resident of Los Angeles. The Toyota was in the #3 eastbound lane of Studebaker waiting to make a right turn onto P.C.H. The driver of the Toyota was determined deceased at the scene.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to call Detective Sirilo Garcia of the Long Beach Police Department’s Collision Investigation Detail 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 http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/