Pedestrian killed in early morning crash on Redondo Avenue

A pedestrian was killed early Thursday morning while trying to cross Redondo Avenue with a bicycle, a Long Beach Police Department official said.

The incident happened on Redondo Avenue just south of 11th Street at about 6:30 a.m., and resulted in the intersection being closed for over three hours. By 10 a.m., officers were beginning to open the street to regular traffic.

A man was pronounced dead at the scene and a Los Angeles County Coroner’s van was on scene. The coroner will identify the man after they have notified his next of kin, police said.

LBPD Det. Sirilo Garcia said that surveillance footage recorded by a smoke shop near the scene revealed a man crossing Redondo Avenue heading east, pausing to watch for traffic coming northbound.

While standing in the middle of the street, he was struck by a 2017 red Chevrolet Equinox heading southbound, launching the man into the number one lane of northbound traffic.

Garcia said that at least one motorist saw the man lying in the middle of the street and drove around him before another motorist, in a gray 2008 Honda Civic, eventually struck him.

He said that intoxication and cellphone distraction have been ruled out as factors in the collision. The victim crossing the street illegally and the low light conditions of the early morning were likely bigger factors, authorities said.

Both of the cars involved in the collision remained at the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Allen Duncan at 562-570-7355.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.