Homeless Man Sleeping on Sidewalk Fatally Struck by Vehicle Following Traffic Collision in Long Beach

A homeless man sleeping in front of a Long Beach business was fatally struck Friday when a vehicle involved in a collision careened through a bus bench and into the victim, Long Beach Police Department officials stated Monday.

Officers responded to the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Spring Street in Long Beach’s Upper West Side at 11:44AM on Friday, September 11, where they learned that a 2004 Honda Civic collided into a 2008 Scion TC, according to a press release.

The 18-year-old female Long Beach resident driving the Honda was traveling north on Santa Fe Avenue when she collided with the 19-year-old male Norwalk resident driving the Scion, officials said.

The male motorist was driving west on Spring Street and attempting to make a right turn onto Santa Fe Avenue.

After the crash, the Scion ricocheted up onto the sidewalk, striking the concrete bus bench and the homeless man sleeping at the doorway of a business.

Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) paramedics transported the pedestrian to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

Both motorists were uninjured and remained at the scene.

The identity of the middle-aged homeless man will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, officials said.

Detectives could not identify witnesses at the scene.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Steve Fox at 562.570.7110. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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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.
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