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Man in wheelchair killed in collision

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A man in a wheelchair crossing a street against a “Don’t Walk” sign was killed in a collision with a vehicle last weekend, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

On Sunday, June 10, at approximately 11:50pm, officers were dispatched to 7th Street and Channel Drive regarding an injury-traffic collision. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered that a pedestrian in a wheelchair had been struck by a passing vehicle and was lying in the eastbound 7th-Street left-turn lane west of Channel Drive. Long Beach Fire Personnel arrived on scene and determined the pedestrian deceased. The driver of the vehicle and two additional occupants were uninjured as a result of the collision.

The preliminary investigation, including video of the collision, revealed that a 57-year-old male resident of Long Beach was crossing against the “Don’t Walk” sign in the northbound Channel Drive crosswalk across 7th Street. A 63-year-old male resident of Long Beach was driving a 1996 Ford Ranger pick-up truck west on 7th Street approaching the green light at the intersection with Channel Drive. As the vehicle crossed through the intersection, it struck the wheelchair and pedestrian.

After the collision, the driver stopped to render aid. The driver had a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance, police said. Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the collision.

Those with information regarding the collision are asked to contact Detective S. Fox of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail 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 a smartphone or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

Source: LBPD

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Man in wheelchair killed in collision