Driver killed near Port in high-speed wreck, the city’s 4th fatal crash in 4 days

A 29-year-old man was killed when he swerved off the roadway at high speed after driving the wrong way on a street near the Long Beach Port, police said.

The wreck happened around 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, on Harbor Scenic Drive south of Ocean Boulevard, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The 2014 Honda Civic was speeding the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Harbor Scenic Drive when the driver lost control and hit a curb, according to police.

“The vehicle continued westbound striking a pole and multiple trees in the embankment,” the LBPD said in a statement.

The wreck ended with the Honda hitting one last tree, leaving the driver trapped inside, police said.

“Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and paramedics attempted life saving measures but the driver succumbed to his injuries,” according to police, who identified him as Carlos Robles, a Carson resident.

Police said they suspect drugs or alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

Robles was the only person in the car, and he had a valid driver’s license, police said. Nobody else was hurt.

He was the fourth person in four days to be killed in a Long Beach traffic collision, according to police:

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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.
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