Man hit by truck while crossing street dies days later

A 62-year-old Lakewood man died on Friday from injuries he sustained when a truck hit him nine days earlier in Long Beach, police said.

The man was hit while crossing the street in the area of South Street and Downey Avenue just before 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, police said. Security camera video shows he was wearing dark clothing and was crossing outside of a crosswalk when a driver in a 2003 Toyota Tacoma crashed into him, police said.

Paramedics rushed him to a local hospital where he was in critical condition until his death on Feb. 14, according to the LBPD. Police were notified on Tuesday of his death and said the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will release his identity once they notify his family.

The 27-year-old Wisconsin man who was driving the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said. Investigators do not think alcohol, drugs or distracted driving were factors in the crash. The driver had a valid license and proof of insurance, police said.

This is the sixth fatal crash in Long Beach in the month of February. Most recently, a chartered bus struck and killed an elderly woman crossing in a crosswalk near the Long Beach courthouse on Feb. 8.

Police asked that anyone with information on this crash to call Detective Shawn Laughlin at 562-570-5520.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.