Driver detained after killing a 7-year-old boy in a crosswalk in Long Beach

In Long Beach, California, on Tuesday, a driver was detained after fatally striking a 7-year-old kid who was in a crosswalk with his father.

Just before 5:30 p.m., police were alerted to a report of an injury collision between a car and a pedestrian close to the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and 23rd Street.

According to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department, the youngster and his father were at a marked crosswalk with the right-of-way pedestrian signal on when a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck refused to stop for them.

The youngster was hit by the Dodge’s driver, 57-year-old Desert Hot Springs resident James Barnes, who was driving westbound on 23rd Street and attempting to make a left turn onto southbound Lakewood Boulevard.

The kid was pronounced deceased at the scene by members of the Long Beach Fire Department, according to the news release. No name has been given to the boy.

Barnes stayed at the scene and cooperated with the police before being taken into custody on charges of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Police reported that they did not believe that the crash was caused by intoxication, drugs, or distracted driving.

During the investigation, Lakewood Boulevard was shut down between Stearns and Willow streets.

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