7-year-old Gabriel Garate killed by driver James Barnes on Lakewood Blvd in Long Beach

Posted: July 27, 2022

LONG BEACH, CA (July 27,2022) – Gabriel Garate, 7 years old, of Long Beach, was crossing a Long Beach street with his father when he was hit by a pickup and killed. The Riverside County man driving the vehicle was arrested, police said today.

Garate died at the scene of his injury, which occurred at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at Lakewood Boulevard and 23rd Street, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and the Long Beach Police Department.

James Barnes, 57, of Desert Hot Springs was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, police said. Barnes was released early Wednesday morning on $50,000 bond, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.

“The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling westbound 23rd Street and making a left turn to southbound Lakewood Boulevard,” police said in a statement.

“A father and juvenile were crossing Lakewood Boulevard eastbound on 23rd Street when the Dodge pickup truck failed to yield to them in the marked south crosswalk,” police said.

“The father and juvenile were in the crosswalk with the right-of-way pedestrian signal when the incident occurred.”

Barnes remained at the scene and was arrested, police said.

“Alcohol, drugs, and distracted driving were not believed to be a factor in this collision,” police said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Joseph Johnson or Detective Kevin Johansen at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or via the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.

[via City News Service]

Liability In Long Beach Pedestrian Accidents

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Investigating Gabriel Garate’s Pedestrian Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of 7-year-old Gabriel Garate. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.

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