Pedestrian killed in crash near Cal Heights, police say

A pedestrian died after a driver’s car drifted into him Wednesday afternoon in the area of 37th Street and Cherry Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said the driver of a white 2001 Honda Accord was headed northbound on Cherry Avenue around 12:25 p.m. when he “looked down and drifted right.” The vehicle then hit a pedestrian, who was walking in the street northbound on Cherry Avenue near the curb, police said.

Officers found the vehicle stopped on the sidewalk with major front-end damage. The pedestrian was lying on the sidewalk where he died, police said.

Authorities have only identified the pedestrian as a man, pending notification of the family.

Long Beach fire personnel were also administering aid to the driver of the vehicle, police said. The severity of his injuries or reasons for medical care were not provided at this time.

Police said drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor for the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.

Those who may have witnessed this collision are being asked to contact Detective David Lauro at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or visiting

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