Driver of van flees 3-vehicle crash then gets into another crash, police say

Long Beach police have arrested a man they say fled the scene of a three-vehicle crash that left one car upside down only to get into another crash one mile away.

Officers first got a call at about 4:10 p.m. Thursday for an injury traffic accident near the intersection of Wardlow Road and Cherry Avenue, just west of the Long Beach Airport in Cal Heights. Two vehicles were still at the scene and one was flipped over, police spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue van had hit the two vehicles and fled northbound on Cherry Avenue,” Dandoy said.

While they were still at the crash site at Wardlow and Cherry, the officers got a call about another crash one mile away near the intersection of East Carson Street and Cherry Avenue involving the same blue van and one other vehicle, Dandoy said.

The driver of the blue van was then taken into custody. Paramedics transported him and another man, who was a passenger in the van, to a local hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported from either crash.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State 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 and two cats.