UPDATE: Elderly man dies after crash in Bixby Knolls

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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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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