A woman was killed and six other people were hurt in a crash on Shoreline Drive in Downtown Long Beach Saturday night, according to authorities.
Police said a man was driving on Shoreline Drive near Aquarium Way at around 6:30 p.m. “when he struck multiple vehicles and pedestrians in a crosswalk.”
Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Jake Heflin said rescue crews treated one person at the scene and transported five more to local hospitals. Police said the woman died at the scene.
Hugo Jimenez, who works as a vendor along Shoreline Drive, said he witnessed the crash. He said a white vehicle going westbound ran a red light and then crashed into a woman pushing a child in a stroller and then into vehicles in the opposite lane.
Another witness, Nicholas Gallucci, said he was getting funnel cakes for his family from one of the food trucks along Shoreline Drive when he heard tires screech.
He said that’s when he saw a driver who was traveling westbound on Shoreline Drive run a red light and then swerve in an effort to avoid a car making a turn at the intersection.
As they swerved, the driver struck two pedestrians crossing the street before crashing head-on into multiple vehicles in the opposite lane, Gallucci said.
The impact flung one of the pedestrians 20 to 30 feet across the road, knocking her unconscious, Gallucci said.
“The whole thing was very sad,” he said. “It was very traumatic.”
This is a breaking news story. It will be updated.