Long Beach Police Department officers outside the Bottoms Up tavern in North Long Beach where two people were killed in a shooting early Wednesday, Oct. 23. Photo by Jeremiah Dobruck

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has launched an independent investigation into the connection between a North Long Beach bar and the driver of a pickup truck who was last seen leaving the establishment before crashing into a studio apartment, killing two.

ABC spokesperson John Carr said in an interview that the agency has assigned an agent to investigate what occurred Tuesday night leading up to the deadly crash.

Carr’s department is working on collecting evidence that will determine whether Bottoms Up Tavern will face any consequences if it’s confirmed the driver stopped there for a drink before speeding into the apartment building. Police have not yet found the driver, who fled the scene after the crash.

Following the crash, councilman and Long Beach mayoral candidate Rex Richardson called for local and state agencies to scrutinize the North Long Beach bar.

“All bars that receive ABC licenses and city businesses are expected to adhere to a basic minimal standard to protect our public health and safety,” Richardson said.

Councilman calls for investigation of bar after crash that killed a father and daughter