Family seeks $25 million from city in deadly crash that split Maserati in half

The family of a man killed in a high-speed crash near the Traffic Circle has filed a claim against the city of Long Beach seeking $25 million in damages.

The March 16 crash sheared a 2017 Maserati Quattroporte in half and killed the passenger in the car, Joseph Testone, a 42-year-old man from Buena Park, according to police.

Testone’s family alleges the city is at least partially responsible for his death because it’s responsible for maintaining the streets in the area.

“A dangerous condition of public property controlled, owned and maintained by the city of Long Beach caused or contributed to the automobile collision which caused the wrongful death of Joseph Testone,” according to their claim, which was submitted to the city last month.

A claim for damages is typically a precursor to a lawsuit unless the city decides to pay the money.

The crash happened when the car’s driver lost control as he was turning left from Outer Traffic Circle to eastbound Los Coyotes Diagonal, according to police.

“The vehicle travelled up the curb and into a tree, causing the wrongful death of Joseph Testone,” the family’s claim says.

The driver was ejected from the Maserati but survived, police said. In March, investigators said they thought both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

The city attorney’s office declined to provide more information, and the attorney representing Testone’s family did not return a call or an email.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.
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