A homeless man sleeping in front of a Long Beach business was fatally struck Friday when a vehicle involved in a collision careened through a bus bench and into the victim, Long Beach Police Department officials stated Monday.
Officers responded to the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Spring Street in Long Beach’s Upper West Side at 11:44AM on Friday, September 11, where they learned that a 2004 Honda Civic collided into a 2008 Scion TC, according to a press release.
The 18-year-old female Long Beach resident driving the Honda was traveling north on Santa Fe Avenue when she collided with the 19-year-old male Norwalk resident driving the Scion, officials said.
The male motorist was driving west on Spring Street and attempting to make a right turn onto Santa Fe Avenue.
After the crash, the Scion ricocheted up onto the sidewalk, striking the concrete bus bench and the homeless man sleeping at the doorway of a business.
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) paramedics transported the pedestrian to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.
Both motorists were uninjured and remained at the scene.
The identity of the middle-aged homeless man will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, officials said.
Detectives could not identify witnesses at the scene.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Steve Fox at 562.570.7110. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.