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PRESS RELEASE: Traffic Fatality Wardlow and Magnolia

On Monday, June 18, 2018 at approximately 8:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Wardlow Road and Magnolia Avenue regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian injury traffic collision.

Upon arrival, officers located an elderly female lying in the westbound lanes of Wardlow Road west of Magnolia Avenue with major trauma. The Long Beach Fire Department responded and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital in critical condition. A few hours later the pedestrian succumbed to her injuries and was pronouced deceased.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 19-year-old male resident of Compton was driving a 2001 Toyota Camry westbound on Wardlow Road in the #2 lane, east of Magnolia Avenue. He entered the intersection on a green light, per witnesses, and upon crossing the west crosswalk collided with an elderly female pedestrian who was crossing in the west crosswalk, against a red light. Although, the driver intially left the scene the driver did return to the scene and fully cooperated with the investigation.

The pedestrian had no form of identification on her and appeared to be in her 70’s.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Detective Sirilo Garcia of the Long Beach Police Department’s Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355.

This information is preliminary and is intended for early information use rather than being a formal investigative report.


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