Suspected DUI Crash Claims the Life of a Pedestrian in Long Beach

KTLA reports a suspected DUI driver killed a 62-year-old man in Long Beach on New Year’s Eve.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Long Beach Police Department told reporters that at approximately 5:25 p.m., the Long Beach resident and his 19-year-old daughter were pushing his disabled Dodge van in the 300 block of Market Street when the crash occurred.

David Grace, 33, of Los Angeles, was driving his 2013 Lexus sedan at a high rate of speed when he struck the man, pinning him between the two vehicles. The force of the impact was great enough to send both the van and the sedan into the side of a parked pickup truck.

Long Beach Police officers were the first to respond to the crash. They administered aid to the gravely injured man until paramedics arrived at the scene. The unidentified victim was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The man’s daughter suffered only minor injuries.

Police arrested Grace at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Grace was booked into jail and is currently facing the charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. A judge has set Grace’s bond at $100,000. No further information about Grace’s court date was available at the time of the report. 

The Long Beach Police Department is asking anyone with information about to contact their Collision Investigations Office at (562)435-6711. Witnesses may also submit a tip anonymously online at https://www.lacrimestoppers.org or by calling (800) 222-8477.

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