A young man who had gotten into a minor accident and stepped out onto the 110 North in the wee hours this morning — only to be fatally hit by a 2008 Mazda Tribute trying to avoid the crash's buildup — has been identified as 19-year-old Bernabe Basurto.
A preliminary California Highway Patrol investigation found that Basurto had been involved in an accident just minutes before his death, and emerged from his vehicle to deal with that scene.
“A separate vehicle was traveling in the number 3 lane approaching the prior traffic collision,” reads the CHP report…
“The driver changed lanes to the number 2 lane to avoid hitting the vehicles stopped in the number three lane, and subsequently struck the pedestrian.”
Basurto was hit at about 1:40 a.m, just north of Century Boulevard, and was declared dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the 60-year-old man who hit him was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
CSU Long Beach spokesman Rick Gloady tells us Basurto was a sophomore at the university (though he did not live on campus), and began taking classes there in Fall 2009. He was planning to major in business.
If you have any additional information about Bernabe Basurto or what may have happened on the 110 last night, please let us know.
With reporting from City News Service.