Victim killed in suspected DUI crash Saturday night ID’d as 16-year-old Long Beach boy

The 16-year-old boy who was killed by a suspected drunk driver Saturday night in East Long Beach was identified as Aiden Gossage on Monday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The Long Beach Police Department said that the crash happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday when Gossage was crossing Los Coyotes Diagonal at Deborah Street in a marked crosswalk just north of Willow Street.

Police said that Gossage, a resident of Long Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts from officers and bystanders to provide life-saving measures.

Gossage was hit by a Chevrolet Tracker SUV that was driven by 33-year-old Kevin Chris Dahl of Lakewood, police said. Dahl was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

He was held on $100,000 bail but posted bond Sunday morning, according to LBPD records.

A roadside memorial with flowers, and chalk art expressing love for Aiden has grown at the southwest corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Deborah Street.

An email sent to the Millikan High School family over the weekend said that Gossage was a senior at the high school and was enrolled in the school’s SEGA (Software Engineering and Gaming Academy) program, a college preparatory course that teaches students how to code and create other types of technology. The email said that the school was arranging for its counseling team to meet with any students or staff who were affected by Gossage’s death.

“Tragic events like this put all our stress and difficulties into perspective,” the email said. “Please take care of yourselves, your loved ones and keep the Gossage family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Editors note: The original story has been updated with information from an email sent to Millikan High School staff over the weekend.

UPDATE: 16-year-old dead after suspected DUI driver hits him in crosswalk, LBPD says

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.
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