UPDATE: 16-year-old dead after suspected DUI driver hits him in crosswalk, LBPD says

Long Beach police say they’ve arrested a driver suspected of being under the influence when he struck and killed a 16-year-old boy crossing the street.

The crash happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday. The boy was crossing Los Coyotes Diagonal at Deborah Street, which is just north of Willow Street, when a Chevrolet Tracker SUV hit him in a marked crosswalk, according to police.

“Good Samaritans and officers performed life-saving measures until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived,” but their efforts ultimately failed and the boy died at the scene, the LBPD said in a statement.

Police said the boy is a Long Beach resident, but authorities haven’t yet released his name publicly. On Sunday, a steady stream of mourners visited a roadside memorial for him.

“RIP brother I love you,” one wrote in chalk on the sidewalk.

Mourners left messages in chalk for the 16-year-old boy killed while crossing the street on Sept. 4, 2021. Photo by Mike Guardabascio.

Police said the driver was Kevin Chris Dahl, a 33-year-old man who lives in Lakewood.

Dahl was arrest on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, police said. He’s being held on $100,000 bail, according to the LBPD.

Police asked anyone with more information about the crash to contact Detective Kevin Matter or Detective Joseph Johnson at 562-570-7355.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Sunday, Sept. 5 with more information from police about the victim and suspect.

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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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