A Los Alamitos man died in a two-car crash that snarled traffic on Long Beach Boulevard Thursday morning.
The two cars collided when a 2015 Kia Rio turned northbound onto Long Beach Boulevard as a 2010 Dodge Challenger was traveling northbound on the same street shortly after 10 a.m., police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.
Howard Schaack, 91, was a passenger in the Kia that was exiting a driveway on the 4300 block of Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach police said in a release Thursday evening.
According to police, the driver of the car, a 90-year-old Los Alamitos woman, did not yield to oncoming traffic when it left the driveway and was struck by the Dodge.
The Dodge was driven by a 27-year-old Long Beach woman and had six passengers: a man and five children. Of the seven people in the car, only the man was wearing a seatbelt, police said.
Long Beach firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free the victims of the crash, fire department spokesman Jake Heflin said.
Schaack was first transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died. The driver was also taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to De Prez.
Paramedics also transported the five children in the Dodge to a local hospital with minor injuries. The two adults in the vehicle had minor injuries, the release said.
The city sent a message on Alert Long Beach notifying residents that Long Beach Boulevard was closed in both directions from 44th Street to San Antonio Drive until at least 2:15 p.m.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Detective Sirilo Garcia at 562-570-7355.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Thursday evening with more information from police.
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