A driver was arrested after fatally striking a 7-year-old boy who was in a crosswalk with his father in Long Beach Tuesday.
Officers received a report of an injury collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and 23rd Street shortly before 5:30 p.m.
The boy and his father were crossing Lakewood Boulevard eastbound on 23rd Street when a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck failed to stop as they were in a marked crosswalk with the right-of-way pedestrian signal on, the Long Beach Police Department stated in a news release.
The driver of the Dodge, identified as 57-year-old James Barnes of Desert Hot Springs, was traveling westbound on 23rd Street and tried to make a left turn onto southbound Lakewood Boulevard when the boy was struck.
Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the boy dead at the scene, the news release stated. The boy has not been identified.
Barnes remained at the location and cooperated with investigators but was later arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Alcohol, drugs, and distracted driving were not believed to be factors in the collision, according to police.
Lakewood Boulevard was closed between Stearns and Willow streets during the investigation.