Pedestrian dies after being struck by 2 cars near CSULB, police say

A man died Friday afternoon after being struck by two cars while trying to cross the street on Bellflower Boulevard, next to Cal State Long Beach, police said.

Police say the traffic accident happened sometime around 5:47 p.m. Jan, 21, when an unlicensed teen driver traveling southbound on Bellflower Boulevard struck the pedestrian who was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk near CSULB’s Beach Drive.

After being struck by the teen driver, the pedestrian was immediately hit a second time by the driver of a Honda Pilot, police said.

The teen driver was identified through school identification as a 17-year-old Long Beach resident. The driver of the Honda Pilot was identified as a 59-year-old Long Beach resident. Both drivers remained at the scene to cooperate with the investigation, police said.

The drivers were released at the scene after officers determined that distracted driving, speeding and impairment did not appear to be factor in the collision. The teenage driver was released to his parents because of his age.

Officers and first responders at the scene pronounced the pedestrian dead from their injuries. Police say the pedestrian was not a student at CSULB. The Los Angeles County coroner’s officer is working to assist detectives with identifying the pedestrian.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove reference to the pedestrian’s living situation. 

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