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Two separate fatal traffic accidents in Long Beach on Saturday

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Editor’s note: Two separate fatal traffic accidents occurred in Long Beach on Saturday in the middle of the afternoon then later at night.

2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue

On June 12, 2021 at approximately 3:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue regarding an injury hit-and-run collision which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a vehicle had collided into a security guard shack, striking the security guard who was inside. Officers performed life-saving measures on the security guard until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived. Fire Department personnel continued administering life-measures, but the security guard succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Chevy Tahoe was driving at a high rate of speed when it appeared to lose control and strike the security guard shack, which was occupied by a security guard at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Chevy Tahoe abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot and is currently outstanding.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and identified the security guard as 54-year-old Derrick Smith of Los Angeles.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Detective Kelsey Myers or Detective Shawn Loughlin of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Stearns Street and Radnor Avenue

On June 12, 2021 at approximately 11:19 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Stearns Street and Radnor Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Upon arrival, police officers located a 2016 Honda Civic that had struck a pedestrian in a wheelchair. Officers performed life-saving measurers on the pedestrian until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived on scene. Fire Department personnel continued to perform life-saving measures, but the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed the 2016 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Stearns Street when the pedestrian was crossing southbound on Radnor Avenue in an unmarked crosswalk.

The pedestrian was in a wheelchair and pushing a shopping cart full of his belongings when the Honda Civic struck the pedestrian in the unmarked crosswalk.

The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld until the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office can notify the next of kin.

The driver of the Honda Civic was identified as 26-year-old Joseph Maez of Long Beach. He was arrested and booked for driving under the influence of alcohol and for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Detective Shawn Loughlin or Detective Kelsey Myers of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

The article above is based on information released by the Long Beach Police Department.
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