Deadly Crash Splits Car In Half, Claims Life Of Pedestrian

A two-vehicle incident in Long Beach, California, ripped one automobile in half and claimed the life of a pedestrian, authorities said.

On Monday night, a man was killed, and his automobile was severely damaged in a collision in front of a 7-Eleven near Long Beach City College.

The Long Beach Police Department reports that the accident occurred around 6:00 p.m. on Pacific Coast Highway near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

A 20-year-old from Long Beach was driving east on PCH at high speeds when he allegedly collided with a 2017 Jeep Cherokee that was turning left from the westbound lanes into MLK. A local business owner, Bryan (who asked that his last name not be used), said that the gray vehicle split and “exploded” after hitting a traffic pole during the collision.

According to Bryan, this collision sent a man flying from a bus bench near the crossing to the front of a 7-Eleven.

Police said that upon arrival of Long Beach Fire Department officials, the individual was pronounced deceased. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as 50-year-old Long Beach resident Carlos Villanueva Ceron.

Meanwhile, police claimed they took the Nissan driver to the hospital with minor injuries and that the lady driving the Jeep, a 50-year-old Long Beach resident, “complained of discomfort but rejected medical care at the scene.”

According to a police statement, the preliminary investigation established that a 20-year-old male driving a 2010 Nissan 350Z was going at a “high rate of speed” eastbound on the PCH.

It does not appear that either impaired or distracted driving played a role in this crash, police added.

A bus bench was torn off the ground during the incident, video of the collision shows. The probe is still in progress.