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Seal Beach Police arrest suspected DUI driver in fatal pedestrian accident

A DUI driver is in custody after allegedly striking a pedestrian on Pacific Coast Highway. The pedestrian later passed away from his injuries.

On Sunday, September 20, 2020 just after midnight, the Seal Beach Police Department responded to the area of the 15900 block of Pacific Coast Highway regarding a traffic collision which had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive adult male who had been struck by a vehicle. Officers immediately began lifesaving efforts; however, the pedestrian had succumbed to his injuries.

The vehicle which allegedly struck the pedestrian was a grey, 2018 Ford Edge. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Elizabeth Landess, age 30 of Long Beach, California. After an investigation, the driver was arrested for felony driving under the influence. She was later booked at the Orange County Jail.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Traffic Investigator Officer Ed Pastor at 562-799-4100 ext. 1661 or epastor@sealbeachca.gov.

The article above was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.


  1. Drunk driving is terrible & my heart goes out to this victim and their family. But Jim – I hope you’re not saying that pedestrians should not have to share in responsibility for their own safety. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen pedestrians just charge right out in front of cars because they have a crosswalk. PLEASE – so much can happen in the blink of an eye. A crosswalk is not a shield and can give a false sense of security. Using a crosswalk still requires careful attention to traffic. You must always be aware of the possibility of a distracted driver. Make eye contact with a driver. Make sure they see YOU too. It does no good to say a dead pedestrian had the right of way. Dead is dead. Make sure you are ALWAYS aware of your surroundings, especially if a 2 or 3 ton automobile is headed your way.

    1. U mentioned nothing of the person being drunk driving.
      I drive for a company and I’m this victim’s mother.
      People walk in front of my car ALL THE TIME.
      I don’t hit them.

    2. 95% of people DON ‘T watch where they are walking but IT’S IN THE DRIVER’S BOOK for Driver’s To LOOK FOR Pedestrian ‘s Everywhere; and bikers and scooter’s, etc.

  2. While my heart goes out to both the pedestrian, and their family, we have an opportunity to prevent or at least lessen the future frequency of this all too common occurrence.
    Any pedestrian crossing the street should not have to watch out for cars that are not watching out for them. Tell everyone you know remain vigilant for drivers not paying attention to the road or who are driving impaired, while crossing the street. I asked our ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISORS to start a county wide campaign on this. Preferably in our school systems. To date, I have not seen a response to that request. Please reach out to our supervisors to start a concerted community wide effort to create a pedestrian mindset that can prevent future loss of lives. Additionally, reach out to your local mayor, city councilmembers, board of education, etc. We’re either part of the problem, or part of the solution.

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