Long Beach Authorities Investigating Bizarre Case Involving Homeless Man Pinned Underneath SUV

hobo v. lady2

Photos courtesy of a Long Beach Post reader.

Authorities are trying to figure out how a homeless man ended up pinned underneath an SUV near Bixby Park Thursday, requiring firefighters to use a rescue airbag to lift the vehicle and extricate him.

Officers were dispatched to 2nd Street and Cherry Avenue at about 11:40AM regarding an injury traffic accident, according to Sgt. Brad Johnson of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

The homeless man claimed that at one point during the night someone parked their car over him, subsequently pinning him, said Brian Fisk of the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD). He was apparently sleeping in a parking space, adjacent to a gutter.

Firefighters called for a truck unit and used high-pressure airbags to lift the car and extricate the homeless man, Fisk said. The victim was conscious and breathing when they pulled him out and was transported to an area trauma hospital with relatively minor injuries, Fisk added.

According to Johnson, a witness who parked in front of the involved vehicle two hours before the call came in said there was no one under the car at the time.

“How this transient actually got under the car is still unclear,” said Johnson.

The officer responding to the incident did observe the homeless man was intoxicated at the time of the incident, Johnson said. The owner of the vehicle could not be located at the time of the investigation, he added.

The investigation remains ongoing.

hobo v. lady

{FG_GEOMAP [33.7666764,-118.16800610000001] FG_GEOMAP}

Support our journalism.

Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.

Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
- ADVERTISEMENT -

More