A 19-year-old man from Paramount man died Thursday night in a single-vehicle crash on the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway off-ramp. Authorities are looking into the evidence to gain further insight. It is not yet known if the man was under the influence of alcohol. Long Beach Police Department takes precautionary steps to prevent alcohol related accidents, this weekend they will conduct DUI checkpoints to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired motorists.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft, the collision occurred approximately at 8:24 p.m. on the northbound Long Beach Boulevard off-ramp. When authorities reached the location of the crash, the driver, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, a male, was maneuvering a Toyota Corolla at speeds in the 60 miles per hour range on third lane when for an unknown reason, “the vehicle swerved to the right across the gore point, fishtailed, regained control, accelerated to around 65 mph and failed to negotiate a curve,” CHP Officer Monica Posada told the Press Telegram.
The Corolla struck a tree and it caught fire. An investigation to uncover what really happened is ongoing and details of what happened are preliminary the officer said.
If you or your loved one were in a wreck in this city, call a Long Beach car accident lawyer today. Prior to contacting your insurance company make sure to give the attorneys a call, they have years of experience dealing with insurance agents and their sneaky ways and could get you a higher compensation offer than the insurance company will want to give you directly.
The Long Beach Police Department does what they can to keep drunk drivers off the road. This weekend they will have saturation patrols in the area. They will posts themselves in areas that have high frequencies of DUI collisions or arrests on Sunday. Today they will initiate patrolling between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Taking aggressive preventive measures against negative driving habits has proven to help reduce the amount of drunk drivers on the road, but further work is required to completely eradicate the problem.
“California’s roadways are very much safer than they were before 2006,” California Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy said in a statement. “The Long Beach Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every one counts.”