Pedestrian Fatally Struck, Dragged By SUV In Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A man possibly jogging near a Starbucks in Long Beach was fatally struck by a truck in Long Beach.

The collision happened at 7th and Park Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. Police say the pedestrian had just stepped into the crosswalk when he was struck by an SUV and became pinned.

The 82-year-old driver was apparently disoriented by the crash and continued driving for about a block before being stopped by an officer — who heard the impact of the crash — at 6th and Park.

The pedestrian, reportedly a man in his 50s, was declared dead at the scene. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.

The driver and his female passenger were questioned, but released. It will be up to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to decide whether to pursue any charges against the driver.

“Because of his age and his confusion after the accident, typically we would refer him to DMV for a reevaluation to make sure he’s safe to drive,” Long Beach police Lt. Melvin McGuire said.

The intersection remained closed during the investigation.

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