A man struck and killed by a police SUV in Huntington Beach was a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes
A Huntington Beach Police SUV struck and killed a Rancho Palos Verdes man in Sunset Beach while responding to a call for duty early Saturday.
The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on North Pacific Avenue near Broadway, Calif., California Highway Patrol officials said in a news release. A pedestrian was struck and pronounced dead in a hospital. He was identified as Derrick Deon Flanders, 45, of Rancho Palos Verdes by Orange County Coroner’s officials.
Bucky Lee, 40, lives less than a block from the crash site and said the area was blocked off with yellow tape for hours on Saturday. Brightly colored evidence markers sat in the street, several yards from a stop sign, as it passed around 7 a.m. that day. These were next to what appeared to be a fairly new pair of Vans shoes.
The officer driving the Ford Explorer that hit Flanders was identified only as 22-year-old “Robert M.” in a press release from the Huntington Beach Police Department. Details about the nature of the call he was answering and where he was going were not immediately made public.
The collision is under investigation by the CHP. They asked anyone who may have witnessed it to contact investigators at their Westminster area office at (714) 892-4426.
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