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.