Marshall Academy Student Killed in Nearby Intersection

LBPD Media Relations
A memorial grew in size on Friday afternoon when word of the death of 12-year-old Lakewood resident Eric Dagel spread to his family and friends. One of the dozen attendees at the memorial identified Eric – a student at Marshall Academy – as the deceased victim and his 13-year-old sister, Julia, as the injured bicyclist.
On Thursday, Nov. 9,  at approximately 3:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Woodruff Avenue and Conant Street regarding an injury traffic collision between a vehicle and two juvenile bicyclists, which resulted in the death of one of the bicyclists.

When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a 12-year-old male victim resident of Lakewood, lying in the southbound #1 lane of Woodruff Avenue, just south of Conant Street. They also discovered a 13-year-old female victim resident of Lakewood, seated on the west curb of Woodruff Avenue. Officers also observed a 2001 Chevy Suburban stopped in the #1 lane of Woodruff Avenue.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the two bicyclists were on the sidewalk on the southwest corner waiting to cross Woodruff Avenue. when the light turned green they attempted to cross in the south crosswalk, when the 2001 Chevrolet, who was traveling westbound on Conant Street, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto southbound Woodruff Avenue on a green light, struck the bicyclists in the cross walk.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported both bicyclists to a local area hospital. The juvenile male victim was later determined deceased. The juvenile female victim was treated and later released from the hospital.

The driver of the Chevrolet Suburban was identified as a 39- year-old resident of Lakewood. The driver had his juvenile son in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but was not injured. The driver had a valid drivers license and insurance. 

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the preliminary investigation.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.



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