FURTHER UPDATE: Council Adjourns Tonight's Meeting In Memory of Trevor Stevens, Son of Worker In Council Offices, Who Perished at PCH/Anaheim Accident; UPDATE: Driver Who Perished at PCH/Anaheim Is Recalled As A Fine Worker at 49'rs Tavern; Fatal Crash, PCH @ Anaheim, Vehicle Smashes Into Office Building's Sign
|(Jan. 17, 2013, updated 7:20 p.m.) -- Services are set for Trevor Reed Stevens, who perished in a single vehicle accident at PCH/Anaheim on Jan. 15
(Jan. 15, 2013, updated at 7:05 p.m.) -- Councilman Al Austin adjourned tonight's Council meeting in memory of Trevor Stevens, who perished in the single vehicle accident at PCH/Anaheim St. this morning (Jan. 15, reported below). Councilman Austin indicated that Mr. Stevens was the oldest son of his Council office manager, Rose Stevens. "He lived an intense and passionate life that ended far too soon and he worked hard to overcome some early struggles in his life. He was very much loved by his famiy and friends, including his parents Rose and Dave Stevens, his brother and sister, and his girlfriend Alexa. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens family," Councilman Austin said.
LBREPORT.com has also learned that Mr. Stevens' friends plan to gather at the 49'rs Tavern (PCH at Bellflower/7th St.) tonight (Jan. 15) at about 9 p.m., and light candles in his memory. As reported earlier, 49'rs Tavern owner Tracy Kittinger said Mr. Stevens had been a fine worker...and Ms. Kittinger admired the fact that he was working hard to overcome difficulties early in his life.
(Jan. 15, 2013, 3:40 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com is told by Tracy Kittinger, owner of the 49'rs Tavern, that Trevor Stevens, 27, who perished in a fatal crash this morning at PCH/Anaheim was a "fine worker" for her, serving as both a cook and tending bar for nearly two years.
Speaking at times through tears, Ms. Kittinger said Mr. Stevens was working to turn his life around and succeeding in improving himself after early troubled years. "He did an excellent job when he worked for us, had a lovely girlfriend and I'm deeply saddened to learn what happened," she said.
(Jan. 15, 2013, 2:50 p.m.) -- LBPD has issued a release on the fatal accident this morning at PCH/Anaheim (which LBREPORT.com reported earlier today), identifying the deceased driver as Trevor Stevens, 27, of Stanton:
[LBPD release text] On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at approximately 6:32 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Anaheim Street regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of a male adult.
(January 15, 2013, 8:55 a.m.) -- A driver (believed to be about 20 years old) lost his life this morning (Jan. 15) when LBPD says his car, traveling north on PCH, allegedly sideswiped another vehicle and then travelled across PCH (toward oncoming traffic) before attempting to make a left turn at Anaheim St. where it smashed into an office building's cement and metal sign.
LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Dave Marander told LBREPORT.com at the scene that at about 6:32 a.m., LBPD received a call regarding an accident at PCH/Anaheim Rd. Police say a 2001 Mitsubishi (photo above) was driving northbound on PCH and at about the 5200 block of PCH allegedly sideswiped another vehicle (which suffered minor damage).
Sgt. Marrander says the Mitsubishi then continued northbound at a high rate of speed and drove in the southbound lanes toward oncoming traffic...and a witnesss indicated to police that the Mitsubishi appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed when it made a left turn, drove up the sidewalk's wheelchair access ramp and crashed into an office building's cement and metal sign.
The driver was a male white, approximately 20 years old (Coroner's identification pending).
LBPD closed off southbound PCH at Clark Ave. and diverted traffic as officers investigated the circumstances of the fatal accident.
Note: An earlier version of LBPD's release indicated Mr. Stevens' city of residence was Long Beach when it was actually Stanton.
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