Long Beach police. Photo by John Schreiber.
Long Beach police. Photo by John Schreiber.

The driver of a pickup truck that slammed into the outdoor patio of a Long Beach restaurant after he had suffered a medical emergency has died.

Three restaurant patrons were injured in the crash, reported at 3:35 p.m. Thursday at Los Potros in the 1900 block of East Pacific Coast Highway, according to Marlene Arrona of the Long Beach Police Department.

The 53-year-old Seal Beach man driving the pickup was taken to a Long Beach-area hospital in critical condition, then was transferred to a Los Angeles, where he died, police said.

His name was withheld, pending notification of kin.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.

The three restaurant patrons — a woman and two men — were hospitalized for apparent non-life-threatening injuries, Arrona said.

“The preliminary investigation indicated a gray 2006 Dodge Durango was traveling westbound on East Pacific Coast Highway, when it is believed the driver experienced a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle,” a police statement said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— City News Service 

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