A man that was lying in the road died Thursday night when an unlicensed 17-year-old driver struck him, police said in a statement today.
Police said they learned of the traffic collision around 8:32 p.m. and responded to the area of Artesia Boulevard and Orizaba Avenue in North Long Beach.
When officers arrived, they found the man pinned under the 17-year-old’s car, a 2011 Lincoln MKS, police said. The Long Beach Fire Department arrived soon after and worked to get the man out from under the vehicle. After extricating him from under the vehicle, fire personnel determined the man was dead, police said.
Police say an investigation revealed that the teenager was driving eastbound on Artesia Boulevard when he struck the pedestrian who was lying down in the street.
The driver was identified through his California ID as a 17-year-old resident of Long Beach, police said. He stayed at the scene and cooperated with police and was later released to his parents. Officers determined that distracted driving, speeding and impairment do not appear to be a factor in the collision, police said.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is working to assist detectives with identifying the pedestrian.