Long Beach Man Dies in Friday Carson Car Crash

A Long Beach man, 31-year-old Richard Le of Long Beach was identified as the victim of a crash that occurred in Carson in the early morning hours of Friday, killing three men total.

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The coroner’s office today released the names of the other two victims killed Friday when a car and a truck already involved in a collision were struck by a car on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Carson. Those killed included Vladislav Cizmic, 26 and Phearin Ath, 34.

The woman driving the car involved in the original crash, which occurred at approximately 1:00AM Friday on the northbound 405, south of Carson Street, is in her 20s. 

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The preliminary investigation found the woman was driving a Toyota Prius in the No. 3 lane when she hit a Chevrolet Silverado pulling a trailer. The Silverado promptly went out of control and hit the center divider wall of the freeway, according to CHP Officer Simeon Yarbrough.

Both cars were blocking the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes, while the trailer blocked the carpool lane. The two men got out of the Silverado and the other men got out of the Prius, said Yarbrough.

A Toyota Corolla driven by an Uber driver pulled onto the right freeway shoulder a few minutes later, and a passenger got out and ran across the freeway lanes to offer help. Still later, a Toyota Camry driven by San Pedro resident Mohammad Vahhaj approached the scene going about 55-60 miles per hour in the No. 1 lane.

“(Vahhaj) observed lanes blocked ahead, with pedestrians outside vehicles,'' a CHP statement said. ``He steered left in order to avoid colliding with a female pedestrian.''

The female pedestrian was the driver of the Prius, Yarbrough said. The Camry struck two of the men and then struck one of the disabled vehicles, and the impact led to the death of the third man, the CHP reported. The freeway was closed until about 5:30 a.m.

Yarbrough urged motorists involved in freeway crashes to pull over to the right shoulder whenever possible, and to stay in their vehicles until help arrives.

“And don't drink and drive,'' Yarbrough said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

This report was updated on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:40AM with the correct spelling of Phearin Ath's name. 



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