A violent crash left one man dead and a car mangled in front of a 7-Eleven near Long Beach City College Monday evening.
The crash happened just before 6 p.m. in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Police say a 20-year-old Long Beach man was speeding eastbound on PCH in a 2010 Nissan 350z when he collided with the driver of a 2017 Jeep Cherokee that was in the westbound lanes of PCH and making a left turn onto MLK.
The impact of the crash sent the gray sedan into a traffic pole, causing it to split and “explode,” according to a nearby business owner, Bryan, who asked not to be identified by his last name.
It also caused the grey sedan to hit a man who was sitting on a bus bench near the intersection, according to Bryan, who said the impact sent the man flying until he came to rest in front of the 7-Eleven.
Long Beach Fire personnel arrived at the scene and declared the man dead, police said. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as 50-year-old Long Beach resident Carlos Villanueva Ceron.
The driver of the Nissan, meanwhile, was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, police said, adding that the woman driving the Jeep, who was identified as a 50-year-old Long Beach resident, “complained of pain but refused medical treatment at the scene.”
At this time, police say speed is being investigated as a factor in the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to detectives at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org.
Editor’s note: This story has been update with more information from police.