Driver leaves 225 feet of skid marks in fatal crash, police say

A 26-year-old Long Beach man was killed early Thursday after he lost control of his car and left more than 225 feet of skid marks in the road before crashing into a fire hydrant and shopping center sign on Bellflower Boulevard, police said.

The victim, identified as David Shelton Jr., was driving a 2010 Dodge Charger southbound on Bellflower Boulevard around 2:06 a.m. when he hit a dip in the road as he crossed Seventh Street, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Police said Shelton was traveling at a high rate of speed and not wearing his seatbelt when lost control and crashed. He died at the scene.

It is unclear if alcohol, drugs or distracted driving was a factor in crash, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the collision are asked to contact Detective S. Fox of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].