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Long Beach Man Killed on Park Avenue

A man was struck and killed by the driver of a Jeep on East Park Avenue early Sunday morning.
A man was struck and killed by the driver of a Jeep on East Park Avenue early Sunday morning.

A Long Beach man was killed early Sunday morning after a car struck him on Park Avenue.

According to Sgt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department, at about 1:25 a.m., officers responded to a call of a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and East Park Avenue.

A Long Beach Fire Department ambulance took the pedestrian, Michael Small, 46, of Long Beach, to Long Beach Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

There were no criminal charges lodged against the operator of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was involved in the accident.

_This is a breaking news story. Patch will have more details if and when they are made available.


paul.d.spellman September 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
First, I would like to say
Tracey Morgan September 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
RIP Hammer!!!
Michael Kiernan September 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Paul, whatever you say, please say something nice... Mike was a great guy and a good friend of mine and many others both here in Long Beach and in the surrounding communities. He had a heart of gold. RIP Mike...
Kathy Cesare Pisciotta September 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Michael, You could not have stated it any better, he did have a heart of gold and I just loved being around him. RIP Michael.
Kasey September 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
very sad - a good friend to my brother and i had a few interactions with him - i know he will be missed by many. i hope the patch can get some more details on this in time. Grand Marnier shots in your honor...
rav September 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM
is this Mike "the Hammer" who bartended at Minnesota's?
Buck9700 September 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
RIP MIke...
Michele Reinbach September 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I am very upset that yet another traffic accident has occurred in our city, ending in a horrible tragedy. Please join me in sending prayers to Mike's family and friends during this difficult time. It is clear from the loving comments that he will be sorely missed by all.
Wade McBride September 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Imike was my very best friend growing up. We were inseperable in 6 th and 7th grade. He had such a cool approachable spirit and life. I really never had a relationship as an adult with him. I moved to AZ. But i still cried from my soul for him and his family. RIP Sike Mall.
Beachguy September 25, 2012 at 06:18 AM
when will LBPD start enforcing traffic regulations? Its a speedway all over and the cops never do a thing. The lights are so discombobulated that they cause impatience and racing to beat the next one. But TILB. Nothing will be done. NADA. NOTHING. But oh yes. I forgot. the cops contract is again in issue. So something will happen. And it wont be good for the taxpayers. TILB!!!!
Eddie September 25, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Rest in peace, Mike. I didn't read that illegal sped was involved in this accident. Did you? The LBPD runs radar speed enforcement on Park Avenue probably at least ten hours a day. Ever been to traffic court. Every day there are probably two dozen tickets being contested. To say there is no speed enforcement, you either have your eyes closed, or you don't notice the Crown Victorias and Tahoe that runs radar every day.
LBLifer September 25, 2012 at 08:14 AM
Just for the record, on Sunday a High School kid was hit on corner of East Market and Monroe. Not sure of his condition. The driver left the scene.
will not be oppressed September 25, 2012 at 09:14 AM
rest in peace Michael Small..people drive in this city at such insane speeds, The elderly lady getting hit and killed in the rain. Its ridiculous, I was almost struck by a big SUV about 2 weeks ago crossing East Market and Riverside Blvd. I guess it was my fault for not going with the light but driver was going well beyond the speed he should be on a residential street(at least 60-70mph). You just have to be careful and value your life because these drivers surely don't.
Robert Roden September 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Mr Spellman, your comment was funny the first 30 times, but we're talking about a human life here. Do you really find humor in the death of a beloved person? Hang it up already.
paul.d.spellman September 25, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Mr Roden, I find no ho humor in a death. What was the reason for your statement " your comment was funny the first 30 times", humor? sarcasm?
Time on our side September 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
8 ball side pocket, beer & a shot. Enjoy playing on the big table brother!
Robert Roden September 25, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Mr. Spellman, I thought that your incomplete statement was an attempt at humor, and felt it was out of place when following a story involving a death. If I misread, or misunderstood your intent, I apologize. Happy Holidays. Bob Roden.
Nancy DeRienzo September 25, 2012 at 07:02 PM
OMG when I walk my dog I really see how fast people go in there cars both on main roads and off, it is so scary. please everyone bring up the subject with those you know so more people will become aware of their own driving habits. also remember to look both ways on those one way streets stop signs because those folks on bikes still drive against the traffic and can get killed very easily.
sarah espppppie September 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
this happend right infront of my window, I looked outside and saw a man on the ground and ran outside. for the last two days I thought about this man and hoped he would be ok....someone told me to visit this site to find information on him. My prayers go out to his family and friends, so sorry for your lost. spellman I thought that was a joke also, I hope it wasnt because that shows what kind of person you are. rip michael
NYskydiver September 26, 2012 at 09:24 AM
A lost life is always a tragedy. I did not know the man who was killed but my deepest sympathy goes out to his family in this difficult time. It is kinda funny that almost everybody is talking about how the police doesn't do their job or cars going down Park Ave too fast. Since this accident happened at a intersection my guess is that Mr. Small crossed the street without paying attention to traffic and/or a red light. Don't bash the driver. Lets think about all the pedestrians and cyclists that think traffic laws don't apply to them....I see it everyday and I'm sure you do, too
Beachguy September 26, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Eddie----LB consists of more than Park Ave. Maybe they do give out tickets there but I can tell you that I have never seen enforcement in West End despite numerous, consistent complaints. BTW --- why are you in the court so much?
Eddie September 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I'm in court because I have many holdings in this town and litigate quite often. The court is part of the services that my Long Beach taxes afford me. And I agree, enforcement appears to be centered around Park Avenue. Probably the most "bang for the buck" there. More traffic, more pedestrians and more accidents.
Beachguy September 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
people complain about speeding cars all over Lb so why limit enforcement to a relatively small area? Reducing the speed limit is a farce and a sop unless theres enforcement which there isnt where we already have these slow limits
Joel Scott September 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I have observed, that since the ridiculous deployment of stop signs in the city, that drivers are driving much faster. While I have no statistics available other than my own experiences, I think the stop signs are having the complete opposite effect. People end up speeding more when they have to stop every 40 yards.
Westie September 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
The problem is not the enforcement, idiots. You can bash me all you want, but I've never been in an accident, and that is because I follow the rules of the road, and I always leave myself an "out" while I'm driving. I was cut off while driving in the left lane by some ass in a Lexus SUV who decided to make a left from the middle lane while on his cell phone the other day on Park Ave at National Blvd. That has nothing to do with enforcement. It has to do with jerks on the road. Stop blaming the cops, and start blaming the a-holes. Mikey was a friend of mine, and this incident was just an unfortunate situation. The driver was sober. This was just an accident of bad timing for both involved. Stop whining on the Patch, and start calling the PD when you see the stupidity on the roads. This is Long Beach. We take care of our own. When you see someone doing something stupid, say something! Stop friggin' whining and DO something! I've stepped into the street in front of cars and made them slam on their brakes... Push something in their way to make them slow down. This is nonsense.
Beachguy September 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Attention Everyone!!! Westie has finally solved the speeding problem. Tomorrow, Sunday, morning we will all gather in front of the Beach Bagel and throw ourselves in front of the oncoming cars on Beech St.,hoping they will stop in time to avoid killing or maiming us. Please don't scrimp on getting the most expensive bagel possible since for many it will be their last meal. Would someone please notify all appropriate agencies.All hospitals within 50 miles, EMS units, Fire Departments etc. WESTIE for president! What a guy!!

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