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UPDATE | Authorities today identified a wheelchair-bound man who was struck by a vehicle and killed as he crossed a busy Long Beach street.
The crash was reported at 11:50PM Sunday in the 5700 block of East 7th Street at Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach police Lt. Tony Lopez said.
Victor Cardenas, 57, died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported. His hometown was not known.
The vehicle was moving westbound on 7th Street, and it appeared that Cardenas was crossing outside of a crosswalk northbound toward the U.S. Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Lopez said.
The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Lopez said. Police shut down 7th Street in both directions for the investigation.
PREVIOUSLY: Man in Wheelchair Fatally Hit by Pickup Truck Sunday Night
6/11/18 at 10:58AM | by Stephanie Rivera: A 57-year-old man in a wheelchair was fatally struck by a pickup truck in front of the Long Beach VA late Sunday night.
The unidentified Long Beach resident died at the scene.
Authorities today said the victim was crossing against a “Don’t Walk” sign in the northbound Channel Drive crosswalk across 7th Street when a 63-year-old Long Beach man in a 1996 Ford Ranger struck him as he traveled west on 7th Street. The motorist was approaching the green light at the intersection when the incident happened at about 11:50PM.
The motorist and two other occupants were uninjured. The driver stopped to render aid and had a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Drugs nor alcohol were a factor.
Anyone with information regarding the collision are asked to contact Detective S. Fox of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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