Teenager Dies in Drunk Driving Accident

Early this morning, at about 12:45am, Long Beach Police responded to the southbound 710 Freeway just south of 6th Street regarding a traffic collision that resulted in the death of a male adult passenger. This also explains the diversion of traffic for several hours due to the investigation.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a grey 1996 Acura Integra was traveling southbound on the 710 Freeway in the number one traffic lane when the vehicle struck the east curb below the 6th Street overpass and veered across traffic lanes to the west side of the freeway. The passenger side of the vehicle struck a freeway sign and a palm tree located on the west side of the freeway before coming to a stop.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the 19-year-old male passenger deceased at the scene. The 18-year-old female driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Once released from the hospital, she was booked for felony impaired driving and vehicular manslaughter and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail. The identities of both driver and passenger, residents of Los Angeles, are being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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