Man in wheelchair killed while crossing street in Long Beach, police say

A man crossing the street in a wheelchair died early Thursday morning after being hit by a car on Long Beach Boulevard at 27th Street, police said.

Police said the crash happened sometime around 12:42 a.m. The man, whose identity was not revealed pending the notification of his next of kin, was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when the driver of a 2017 Toyota Camry headed northbound on Long Beach Boulevard hit him, according to authorities.

At this time, it is not clear who had the right of way, police said.

When officers arrived at the crash site, they located the man suffering from critical injuries, police said. Despite efforts by first responders to aid him, the man died at the scene, according to the LBPD.

The driver, who was only identified by police as a male Long Beach resident, remained on the scene and cooperated with officers during their investigation, the LBPD said.

Speed, distracted driving and impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash, the LBPD said.

The Long Beach Police Department has publicly reported 40 traffic fatalities this year; 24 have involved the death of a pedestrian.

Man dies after being struck by driver while crossing Pacific Coast Highway, police say

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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