A Long Beach police officer who accidentally ran over a couple lying on the beach Sunday evening, leaving them with serious injuries, struck them while making a three-point turn and going less than 5 miles an hour, police said Monday.
He had been driving onto the beach to get after-hour swimmers out of the water, police said.
Long Beach Police Officer David Walpole, a 32-year veteran of the department, was given both a breath test and examined by a drug recognition expert and was “determined not to be under the influence of any substance,” Commissioner Michael Tangney said in an interview in his office Monday.
Walpole “did not notice the two pedestrians lying on the blanket and he did accidentally run them over,” Tangney said, adding: “He did roll over them and immediately stopped, got out of the vehicle, started to render first aid, called for additional EMS personnel.”
The accident occurred about 7:48 p.m. on the beach near Edwards Boulevard and the jetty, Tangney said. The victims — a man and woman in their 50s — were transported to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. Their relationship was not known, police said.
The man suffered…
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