UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed on E Park Avenue

Victim was crossing E Park at Long Beach Boulevard when he was hit by a car.

The intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and E Park Avenue (Photo not taken Jan. 17).Credit: Joseph Kellard
The intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and E Park Avenue (Photo not taken Jan. 17).Credit: Joseph Kellard
This story was updated at 12:23 p.m. with the victim's name.

A Long Beach man was struck and killed by a car while crossing E Park Avenue early Thursday morning.

According to Sgt. Eric Cregeen of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), around 5:24 a.m., Ronald Tisi, 57, was walking northbound on Long Beach Boulevard with his friend. Tisi began crossing E Park Avenue at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard when he was struck by a black 2008 Toyota Corolla, which was traveling eastbound in the middle lane.

Tisi was thrown into the air and hit the ground, Cregeen said.

The driver of the Toyota pulled his vehicle over and remained at the scene until officers arrived, Cregeen said.

A crime scene was established by LBPD. The Long Beach Fire Department was notified and an ambulance was sent to the scene. Tisi was transported to South Nassau Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 6:23 a.m., Cregeen said.

The accident is currently under investigation by the LBPD.
delete me January 17, 2013 at 04:15 PM
That is such a nasty intersection. Wonder how fast that car was going that it was unable to stop, hitting the man with that much force. RIP.
Jack January 17, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I notice alot of pedestrians at the intersection ignore the DONT walk red hand sign when the cars have a green right hand turn arrow. THat should be checked out. Also was the pedestrian using a cell phone and not paying attention?
Tonto Hertzberg January 17, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Jack: How about letting the family of this poor man at least have the wake first before a stone cold pos like yourself pipes up. What a scumbag you are.
Goingplaces January 17, 2013 at 08:10 PM
So sad to hear this. God rest him. I think something more should be done at that intersection. When at a red light heading East in the turning lane, many, many times there are oncoming cars that should not be there. The light changes and we start to go and low and behold there is a car coming at us from the wrong direction. So dangerous!
lucas barmack January 18, 2013 at 07:53 AM
My son aned I live on East Broadway. It's a shame but not surprising toi hearr of this poor man's death. Cars drive down E. B'way as it were a highway.. They do not yield for pedestrians and race almost all the time to a traffic light. I've had to jump back many a time. Police should be patrolling this sometimes dangerous Avenue more vigilantly and enforce the speed limits.
Earthling January 18, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Pedestrian always, always have the right of way. Its just common sense, as a driver you are in a vehicle that can kill, as a pedestrian you are not. There should be a campaign to let everyone know that in Long Beach, we mind pedestrian, bicyclists and pets, and then enforce it ourselves. Whenever we see reckless drivers, report them. The new strong beach, should not allow this to happen, ever again.
paul.d.spellman January 18, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Earthling, Where did you get your information about "Pedestrian always, always have the right of way"? That statement is 100% false and could lead the less informed people who read that statement into harm's way.
lucas barmack January 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Earthling is 100% correct.Pedestrians ALWAYS Have the right of way Even if it were not the law - it's common courtesy. A vehicle is a weapon and can kill, There should definitely be a campaign to keep our lovely City safe and free from reckless driving.
Goingplaces January 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Paul, I did hear that rule too. I always use common sense though.
Meredith January 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM
To: Paul: Pedestrians have the right of way no matter what... Saying that someone is 100 % wrong before knowing the facts is irresponsible.
paul.d.spellman January 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Meredith, RE: "Pedestrians have the right of way no matter what" Irresponsible? You are uninformed and being irresponsible by posting and helping to spread that falsehood.
Earthling January 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Before becoming a driver, I was a pedestrian. I don't think we qualify as uninformed people. Believe me, as pedestrians we know better. It Is when we are not looking that happens. The point is, it is the driver's responsibility to see where he's going, and if he sees a pedestrian, children playing, a bicyclist , pets; common sense dictates, he should slow down, even if they, god forbids, dared to cross when they shouldn't. This is not the first time this type of road tragedy has happened. The point is, we should not let it happen again, not here. But Mr. Spellman thinks otherwise. As a pedestrian, I wouldn't like to encounter Mr. Spellman driving, he could care less for pedestrians.
paul.d.spellman January 18, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Earthling, I do not know the particulars to the unfortunate incident that happened yesterday morning, so I cannot speak to that. But I do know that your statement "Pedestrian always, always have the right of way" is 100% untrue and spreading that urban myth could possibly cause hardships. Accidents will happen, we must do everything reasonable to prevent them, including pointing out the fact that your statement is wrong. " It Is when we are not looking that happens", exactly! Pedestrian education programs should be expanded to explain the "common sense" things people can do to prevent unwanted pedestrian/vehicle encounters. As has been mentioned before, in a more articulate and scholarly fashion than I can ever hope to, pedestrians need to realize some basic understanding of physics, that a pedestrian against a 2 ton vehicle will most likely not turn out good for the pedestrian. Pedestrians need to have it reinforced that they do not "have" the right of way, they need to be constantly aware of what is happening and always err on the side of caution.
lucas barmack January 18, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I think we are goiing way off the point here. Operating a vehicle should be taken very seriously as you are operating a deadly machine. There is an inordinate amount of speeding, cutting people off when they are driving and running red lights. How about us focusing on safety and pressing for safe driving I('s nonesense to keep arguing about who has the right of way. How would any of you feel if you caused somebody injury or worse?. Would the fact that you felt you had the right of way make you feel better? Why don't we all press for citations being issued for irresponsible driving (which I rarely see on Park Avenue or Broadway.)
Earthling January 18, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I am not about to get into a diatribe here. Suffice it to say, that in my book pedestrians always, always will have 100% right of way, as will cyclist, children playing, seniors, drunks, pets, skateboarders or a disoriented person. You see I'm civilized, sir. and It could be my neighbors family. I believe this is a community of sensible and well educated individuals, with notable exceptions of course. Now it is the pedestrian's fault and they should be educated. Im glad you know physics, but I also know brutes, and only one would think that a 2 ton vehicle should have preference over a human. A classic example of arrogance, in every way. Enjoy our Holiday.
Jason January 18, 2013 at 09:22 PM
All of you sound like a bunch of assholes blaming people before you know the full story.
anonymous January 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Hmmm....last I checked, while RARELY enforced, jaywalking is against the law. Which means...pedestrian can't simply walk out into the middle of a three lane road whenever they feel like it. I have no idea if this was a case of jaywalking but there are laws that apply to pedestrians as well. Same goes for cyclists...you can't ride against traffic, on the sidewalks etc. And while we're on the subject...having to stop every two traffic lights along Park Ave is ridiculous and contributes to people trying to beat the lights. Time them all for 25 mph and you will slow traffic down.
Goingplaces January 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Wow Jason, you have a way with words
Beachguy January 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Anonymous is right. The chaotic , random timing of the lights leads to impatience and speeding trying to beat the next one. But TILB.
Jack January 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Sometimes people on the street have an aire of arrogance and think they dont have to stop for anything or anyone. Its further aggravated by the narcissistic texters and smartphone people who are cocooned in their own world>
Lloyd March 07, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Just last night, a bicyclist cut in front of our car as my gal was driving down Long Beach Blvd from Park to Broadway. She missed the guy by inches as he darted in front of the car despite us having the green light. If that was me driving, I would have hit the guy and then faced a million dollar lawsuit. Why the bicyclists even venture out in traffic at night is beyond me. The way they dart around, you'd think they have a death wish.


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