Man dies days after DUI crash that shoved stopped car into pedestrians, police say

A Long Beach man died Saturday, 11 days after a suspected drunk driver crashed into him and another man while they were in the street disconnecting towing cables from two cars, according to authorities.

Police today identified the man as 61-year-old Bryan Bogan. Bogan, they said, was on Del Amo Boulevard near Locust Avenue with a 71-year-old from Torrance just before the crash on March 24.

The two were standing between a Honda Accord and Mercedes-Benz E320 that were blocking one of the westbound lanes when a Dodge Caravan rear-ended the Accord, police said.

The impact pushed the Accord forward, causing it to sideswipe a parked car and hit the two men, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.

Both men were seriously hurt in the wreck, and paramedics rushed them to the hospital. Bogan died on April 4, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

The woman who’d been driving the Caravan ran from the scene, but officers quickly found her, police said.

Authorities identified her as Charlette Colton, a 50-year-old Lakewood resident. Police said she was booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence.

It’s likely prosecutors will consider filing additional charges against her after Bogan’s death.

She’s currently being held in lieu of $160,000 bail, jail records show.

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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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