Man dies in hospital 2 days after being struck by car near University Park Estates, police say

Authorities announced Thursday afternoon that a man in his 30s died at a hospital last week, two days after he was struck by a car near Long Beach’s University Park Estates neighborhood.

The traffic collision occurred around 6:04 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the area of Seventh Street and Pepper Tree Lane, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement today.

A 40-year-old Long Beach resident was driving a 2008 Mazda 3 in the eastbound lanes on Seventh Street when they struck the man, who was outside of a crosswalk, police said.

When officers got to the area, they found the man in the roadway and rendered aid until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and attempted life-saving measures, the LBPD said.

The LBFD transported the man to a medical center where he was hospitalized for two days before dying as a result of his injuries, police said. Detectives were only notified of the man’s death Thursday.

The driver of the Mazda remained on scene the day of the collision and cooperated with the investigation, police said. Officers determined that distracted driving, speeding and impairment do not appear to be factors in the collision, according to the LBPD.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, nine pedestrians have died in traffic collisions so far this year.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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