Pedestrian dies after being struck by car in North Long Beach, police say

A man died early Wednesday morning after being hit by a car on Paramount Boulevard, police said.

Police said the crash occurred north of Coolidge Street around 4:49 a.m. The man, who was identified as 64-year-old Long Beach resident Fernando Gonzalez, was walking in the area when the driver of a BMW headed southbound on Paramount Boulevard hit him, according to authorities.

When officers arrived, they found Gonzalez unresponsive in the roadway and suffering from life-threatening injuries, the LBPD said. Authorities soon determined he was dead.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, authorities said Gonzalez appeared to be walking outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk when he was struck.

The driver of the BMW, who was identified as a man from Downey, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said. Speed, distracted driving and impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash, the LBPD said.

Detectives also responded to the scene. No further details were available and the investigation is ongoing.

LBPD has publicly reported 30 traffic fatalities so far this year; 16 have involved the death of a pedestrian.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with additional information from the Long Beach Police Department. 

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