UPDATE: Motorist Dies After Medical Emergency Leads to Restaurant Crash

UPDATE | A motorist who crashed into a Long Beach restaurant, striking three patrons after he experienced a medical emergency and lost control of the wheel on Thursday has died, authorities said.

The driver, identified only as a 53-year-old Seal Beach man, was transported to a Los Angeles hospital in critical condition. Long Beach police were notified today that he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The coroner’s office will determine the cause of death and identify him once next of kin have been identified.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

PREVIOUSLY: Motorist Hits Three Restaurant Goers in Long Beach, All Four Hospitalized

5/4/17 at 5:21PM | Three patrons of a Long Beach restaurant and a motorist were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after the male driver collided with them, trapping one of them under his SUV.

The incident was reported at about 3:35PM in the 1900 block of East Pacific Coast Highway at the Los Potros restaurant, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Marlene Arrona.

Arriving Long Beach fire units found a woman in her 40s was trapped under a silver Dodge Durango as well as two men who were struck by the SUV, according to Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Jake Heflin.

He said the two men, ages 18 and 31 were sitting and eating at the time of the crash and the woman was standing, ordering food. Both men were also trapped by the SUV but were able to free themselves before fire units arrived. A bystander from a nearby tire shop was in the process of freeing the woman with a floor jack when authorities arrived.

According to a preliminary investigation, the motorist, a man in his 50s, left the roadway and collided into the patio area of the restaurant, which was open for business, Arrona said. He may have been experiencing a medical emergency before the collision, she added. 

All three pedestrians and the adult male driver of the SUV were transported to local hospitals, he said. 

The pedestrians' injuries appear to be non-life threatening, Arrona said. The driver was listed as critical, according to Heflin.

She said that westbound PCH, between Cherry and Gardenia avenues, is closed while the investigation continues.

Editor's note: this story was updated at 5:28PM with information on the driver's condition before the crash. 

Editor's note: this story was updated 5/5/17 with information on the victims' ages and the incident. 



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