Woman killed, 4 kids hospitalized when driver ran red light in Long Beach, police say

(Above) A streetside memorial for a woman who died after a car accident at Cherry Avenue and Artesia Boulevard in Long Beach June 26, 2018. (Below) Candles at the memorial spell out “Nay.” Photos by Thomas R. Cordova.

A woman was killed and four children in the car with her were hospitalized when a driver ran a red light in North Long Beach and slammed into their SUV, according to police.

The crash happened around 9:38 a.m. Monday at Cherry Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, Long Beach police said. A 25-year-old driving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee south on Cherry went through a red light and hit a 1998 Ford Expedition that was headed east on Artesia, according to authorities.

“The 2006 Jeep then collided with a gray 2013 Kia Optima and a black 2008 GMC Yukon both of which were stopped for a red light in the northbound lanes of Cherry Avenue at Artesia Boulevard,” police said in a news release.

After being hit, the Expedition kept moving eastbound until it crashed into a light pole at the corner of the intersection, police said. Inside, authorities found the 37-year-old woman driving in critical condition and four children, police said.

Paramedics took her and the children to a nearby hospital where she died, according to police.

“The four children were listed in good condition,” police said Tuesday night.

Authorities haven’t publicly released the woman’s identity.

Police said they haven’t made any arrests in connection with the crash, but they’re still investigating.

They asked anyone with information about what happened to call Det. David Lauro at 562-570-7355.


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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.