Fatal crash near Recreation Park caused by man under the influence, police say

A 64-year-old Westminster man was killed in an early-morning crash Monday caused by a driver who was speeding and under the influence, the Long Beach Police Department said.

The crash at 6:20 a.m. occurred when a Nissan Altima being driven by a 38-year-old Long Beach man heading east on Anaheim Street collided with the driver of a Kia Spectra heading north on Pacific Coast Highway, police said.

The driver of the Spectra was killed in the collision; his identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin. The driver of the Nissan and his passenger, a 28-year Wilmington man, were also severely injured and are being treated at a local hospital.

Charges against the driver of the Nissan—who lost control of his car as he was driving at a high rate of speed and determined to be under the influence—are being filed, but he was not arrested given his injuries, police said.

The two men in the Nissan were expected to survive their injuries, LBPD spokesman Ivan Garcia said earlier Monday.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Det. S. Loughlin of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 TIPS” app to your smart-phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play store), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org

Two people in a silver sedan were taken to the hospital, police said. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

The driver of a red sedan died in his car. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

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