Motorist Kills Homeless Man, 63, Walking on Sidewalk; No Arrests Made

A 63-year-old homeless man died when he was struck by a motorist who drove her vehicle onto a Long Beach sidewalk late Wednesday night, authorities said.

The incident took place at about 11:05PM at East 7th Street and Channel Drive, near the VA Long Beach hospital.

The victim, Joseph Gammoh, was killed at the scene.

Authorities said it appeared the vehicle was driven onto the sidewalk when the pedestrian, who was walking, was struck. There is no indication of impairment.

“A 2004 Honda Accord was traveling east on 7th Street in the number three lane passing Channel Drive,” authorities said in a release. “After passing the intersection, the driver lost control of her vehicle and drove up onto the sidewalk striking the 63-year-old male Westminster resident.”

According to a witness and the 23-year-old Long Beach driver’s statements, a dark colored vehicle was driving east in the number two lane of 7th Street and attempted to change lanes into the number three lane, almost colliding into the Honda, authorities said. It caused the female motorist to “make an evasive maneuver and lose control of her vehicle, which eventually drove up onto the sidewalk and struck the pedestrian.”

The dark colored vehicle did not make contact with the Honda and fled the scene.

The female motorist was uninjured and cooperating with police and no arrests were made.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: this story was updated at 5:30PM with more information on the traffic collision and driver.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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