Man dies after crashing into traffic signal near Recreation Park

A 69-year-old man died after crashing into a traffic light pole outside Recreation Park in Long Beach Saturday night, according to authorities.

Around 8 p.m., the man was in a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck headed south on Park Avenue at Seventh Street when he crashed, police said.

“Upon entering the intersection, the pickup veered to the right for (an) unknown reason and collided with a traffic signal pole on the northeast corner of the intersection,” police said in a statement.

Bystanders started CPR on the truck’s driver, and when medics arrived, they rushed him to a hospital where he died, police said.

No other cars were involved in the crash, according to the LBPD.

Authorities haven’t released the name of the man who died.

They asked anyone with more details about the crash to call Det. Sirilio Garcia at 562-570-7355.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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