Man who died in collision identified

DOWNEY - The victim of the fatal traffic collision that occurred Jan. 15 on Firestone Boulevard and Stewart and Gray Road has been identified as Jerry Clyde Fitzgerald, 74, from Hawaiian Gardens.The Downey Police Department is still waiting for the coroner's report to help determine why Fitzgerald failed to stop as he approached traffic that was stopped at a red light. "It can take up to two or three weeks," said Detective Rosie Guiterrez of the Downey Police Department. Fitzgerald rear ended a 1999 Freightliner delivery truck and caused the delivery truck to move forward into the rear of a 1999 Oldmobile Cutlass that was stopped in front of the truck. The drivers of the Freightliner and the Oldsmobile sustained minor injuries. Fitzgerald was immediately transported to St. Francis Medical Center where he later died from his injuries sustained in the accident. The traffic collision remains under investigation. "The coroner's report could tell us more," Guiterrez said. Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call the Downey Police Department Traffic Division at (562) 904-2342 and refer to DR 09-3203. -Mary Forney, Staff Writer ********** Published: January 30, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 41