Long Beach police chief recovering after being hit by truck

Chief Robert Luna

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna is recovering from injuries he sustained after being hit by a truck near El Dorado Park.

Luna was struck at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday while walking near the El Dorado Nature Center, in a crosswalk on East Spring Street, said Long Beach Police Department Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria.

He was knocked into the lanes of traffic, but was able to call for medical aid. Paramedics rushed him to an area hospital and the driver of the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, the department reported.

Officials said Luna is in constant contact with the assistance chief of police while in recuperation.

"I want to thank the responding officers and park rangers, city staff, fire department personnel, medical staff and the many others that came to my aid during this incident,'' Luna said. "I also want to thank everyone for their well-wishes, and I am thankful for all the support that I am receiving while I recuperate.''

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