Unidentified male pedestrian struck and dragged by car: the driver, an 82-year-old male resident of Norwalk, failed to immediately stop.
On April 18, 2017, at approx. 1:10 a.m., a Long Beach police officer was in the immediate area of 7th St. and Park Ave., when a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision occurred at that location.
The preliminary investigation determined the male adult pedestrian was heading eastbound on 7th St., and attempting to cross Park Ave. from the southwest corner to the southeast corner, when he was struck by a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer. The Mercury was being driven by an 82-year-old male resident of Norwalk who was travelling westbound on 7th St., when he made a left turn to head southbound on Park Ave., and the collision occurred.
The driver failed to immediately stop after the collision and continued southbound on Park Ave. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at 6th St. and Park Ave., and located the victim who had been dragged from the initial collision location. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded, extricated the victim from underneath the vehicle, and determined him deceased.
Possible charges against the driver are pending and the investigation remains ongoing. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the identity of the victim and official cause of death.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident should contact LBPD Collision Investigation 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.
The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.