Lakewood Man Dies Weeks After Car Crash in Long Beach

A 20-year-old Lakewood man involved in a midday crash in North Long Beach early last month died weeks later, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced Thursday.

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Timothy Johnson died September 24, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told Long Beach collision investigators on Wednesday.

Long Beach firefighters had to use the “jaws of life” to extricate Johnson from his 2001 Saturn that sustained major damage after he collided with a 2004 Hyundai—which also sustained major damage—near Cherry Avenue and Carson Street the afternoon of Monday, September 11, according to a statement from the LBPD. Paramedics then transported Johnson to a local hospital with a fractured hip and pelvic.

At the time of the incident, authorities said Johnson was alert and made statements to officers about the crash.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver of the Hyundai, 19-year-old Gardena resident Guillermo Fajardo-Soto, was traveling north on Cherry on the No. 2 lane and passed Carson when Johnson “made an unsafe right turn” directly in Fajardo-Soto’s path from an east parking lot to go north on Cherry.

Fajardo-Soto was unable to avoid Johnson and struck the Saturn on the driver’s side of the vehicle, officials stated.

Authorities said they are still waiting for the coroner’s full report for the final determination as to Johnson’s cause of death.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.



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