Long Beach, CA (June 14, 2021) – Officers from the Long Beach Police Department have arrested a man for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit and killed a pedestrian in a wheelchair on Saturday, June 12th in Long Beach.

An initial investigation determined that, at about 11:15 p.m., the man in the wheelchair was pushing his belongings in a shopping cart through an unmarked crosswalk on Radnor Avenue when a 2016 Honda Civic going westbound on Stearns Street crashed into him.

Police attempted lifesaving measures on the man until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and extended efforts to resuscitate him. He was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. 

26-year-old Joseph Maez, a resident of Long Beach, was arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Pedestrian Fatalities in Long Beach

6.14 Long Beach, CA - Alleged Drunk Driver Kills Man in Wheelchair on Radnor Ave

The importance of making California roadways safer for pedestrians is being heavily emphasized by California lawmakers after a report issued by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety unequivocally stated that California has a higher percentage of auto-pedestrian accidents than any other state in the country.

Those with the greatest level of risk when it comes to being killed or sustaining a serious injury during a pedestrian-involved accident in California are the elderly, young children, and people who cannot speak English.

If you or a member of your family sustained an injury or been killed as a pedestrian involved in a car accident, the California pedestrian accident attorneys here at Beckerman Anderson are here to assist you. 

Our Orange County wrongful death attorneys have the background and the experience that make us the most efficient legal representation in the area. We understand exactly what it takes to get you the maximum amount of financial compensation you are entitled to under state law.

With a thorough understanding of the complex network that is the California legal system, our esteemed personal injury attorneys know exactly what has to be done to build a successful California personal injury claim. 

If you have a loved one who was killed during a pedestrian accident, we strongly urge you to reach out to our Orange County car accident attorneys by calling our law offices at (949) 474-2254 and scheduling a consultation for a free evaluation of your California wrongful death claim.

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