UPDATE | Community members today remembered a man who was a fixture in the Bixby Knolls area and who was killed Thursday evening when one of two vehicles that collided with each other changed course and struck him.
Locals took to social media to express condolences and remember Jack, who was experiencing homelessness, known to sit near the southwest corner of Wardlow Road and Atlantic Avenue.
It was on that corner that Jack was struck by a vehicle that had just collided with another before hitting him.
Authorities said a 23-year-old Long Beach woman driving a 2017 Toyota 86 north on Atlantic was attempting to make a left turn onto Wardlow Road when a 30-year-old Long Beach woman driving a 2017 Honda Accord south on Atlantic collided with her. The crash caused the Honda to change course and go southwest, eventually hitting the victim who was sitting on a retaining wall that bordered the parking lot of a shopping center on that corner.
Long Beach police said the victim was believed to be a transient. The coroner’s office identified the victim as 58-year-old Jack Ferguson.
Both drivers, along with a boy passenger in the Honda, were wearing seatbelts and did not sustain injuries.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355.
Editor’s note: this story has been updated with the victim’s full name and age.
PREVIOUSLY: Pedestrian Killed in Two-Car Crash in Bixby Knolls
Photos courtesy of a Long Beach Post reader.
3/9/18 at 9:19AM | By City News Service | A man was fatally struck by one of two cars in a two-vehicle collision in Long Beach, a police lieutenant said today.
Two vehicles were involved in a crash about 5:30PM Thursday in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Wardlow Road, said Long Beach police Lt. Darren Lance.
One vehicle then fatally struck the man—who was not in the roadway—before coming to a stop in a parking lot, Lance said.
Roads near Wardlow Road and Atlantic Avenue are partially closed per @LBPD scanner. A @LongBeachPost reader notified us a pedestrian was apparently fatally struck after two cars collided. The reader provided us w/ these photos about 50 minutes ago: pic.twitter.com/LJYoZwGOB4
— Stephanie Rivera (@Steph_LBPost) March 9, 2018
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and it was not immediately known if the motorists were injured, he said.
Both motorists were cooperative with police. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash, Lance said.