Homeless man, ‘Cowboy,’ hit by mini-van, dies

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Article Date: 1/11/2010 | Resource: MLG

Homeless man, ‘Cowboy,’ hit by mini-van, dies

LAGUNA BEACH – A 58-year-old homeless man, commonly known in the community as “Cowboy,” was killed Saturday evening after being hit by a mini-van, authorities said.

Charles Reginald Conwell, 58, was crossing the street at the 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Road, outside of a marked crosswalk, when he was hit at 6:34 p.m., said Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

A homeless man who was known to stay in the Laguna Beach area for years, easily recognizable by a western hat and boots he wore, Conwell was known as “Cowboy” by several residents and police officers in the area.

He had been arrested on numerous occasions in the past for drinking in public.

“We all knew him very well,” Kravetz said.

Authorities believe Conwell was walking outside of a designated crosswalk area when he was hit by the van, which was being driven by a 45-year-old Mission Viejo woman.

No one inside the van was hurt, Kravetz said.

Conwell was taken to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, where he was pronounced dead later same day.

The crash is still under investigation, he said. No one has been cited.

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Jeffrey Marquart