On Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:26 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to an injury traffic collision near the intersection of Cherry Avenue and 19th Street, involving two vehicles and a pedestrian.
When officers arrival, they discovered a Honda Civic on Cherry Avenue with minor damage and a Jeep Patriot with major front end damage. Officers also discovered an unconscious man in the street with serious injuries. Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and determined the pedestrian deceased.
The investigation revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross mid-block, westbound on Cherry Avenue, south of 19th street from the east side of Cherry Avenue. The Jeep Patriot was traveling southbound on Cherry Avenue, in the #2 lane and saw a vehicle in front of him suddenly swerve into the #1 lane, at which time the driver of the Jeep was unable to avoid the pedestrian who was now directly in front of him. After striking the pedestrian the driver of the Jeep swerved into the #1 lane and sideswiped a 2012 Honda Civic.
The driver of the Jeep Patriot, a 19-year-old, female resident of Long Beach, was not injured. The driver of the Honda Civic, a 23-year-old male resident of Long Beach, was not injured.
The pedestrian was a 59-year old male resident of Long Beach. His name is being withheld until such time the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office notifies his next of kin.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail, Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/