Man dies in high-speed crash that split car in half near Downtown

A man died after a violent, single-car crash in Downtown Long Beach split the car into two pieces early Sunday morning, according to authorities.

The man was riding in a 2019 Infiniti Q50S when the driver lost control on the stretch of Shoreline Drive that leads to the northbound 710 Freeway, police said.

Police said the car was speeding along when it hit a tree in that area around 3:35 a.m.

“The impact of the collision caused the vehicle to split in half, and the passenger was ejected from the vehicle,” the LBPD said in a statement.

Officers rushed to the scene and found several people already trying to help the passenger and driver, but those people left before officers had a chance to interview them, police said.

When medics arrived, they took the two injured men to a local hospital where the passenger died the next day, police said. Authorities didn’t immediately have details on how badly the driver was hurt.

Authorities haven’t yet publicly identified the passenger or driver, but police said the driver is a 35-year-old man from New York.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the driver lost control or if he was impaired by drugs or alcohol. Police said they’re hoping to talk with the people who left the scene shortly after the crash and with any other witnesses who might’ve seen what happened.

“[Detectives] do believe that there are people out there who may have additional information,” LBPD spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

Police asked anyone with information to call Det. Allen Duncan at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips can be sent to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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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, Paul and Simon.
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