Pedestrian killed in crash while walking on Willow Street bridge

A man who was walking on the Willow Street bridge across the Los Angeles River was struck and killed by a car last week, according to authorities.

Police said the crash happened around 10:50 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

Investigators believe the man was walking in the middle of the eastbound lanes of Willow when he was hit by a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 59-year-old Long Beach resident.

It’s unclear why the man was walking in the street, but he was not in a crosswalk, police said.

When officers got to the scene, they found the man lying along the curb on the eastbound side of Willow, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, but he died from his injuries on Sunday, police said.

The Cruze’s driver stayed at the scene, police said. Investigators don’t believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Authorities haven’t publicly identified the pedestrian pending notification of his next of kin. However, they said he’s a 35-year-old from Long Beach.

Police asked anyone with information about the crash to call investigators at  562-570-7110.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.
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