Man suspected of driving impaired dead after crashing into parked big rig truck, police say

A man who police say may have been impaired while driving died Friday night after crashing into a parked big rig truck in Central Long Beach, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The fatal crash occurred around 9:12 p.m. in the 2500 block of Atlantic Avenue, just south of Vernon Street. The driver, who authorities identified as 24-year-old Long Beach resident Martin Ojeda, was traveling southbound on Atlantic Avenue by himself in a 2017 Honda Civic when he made an unsafe lane change and crashed into the back of a parked and unoccupied big rig truck, police said in a statement.

Long Beach fire personnel arrived shortly after to render aid to Ojeda but he died at the scene from his injuries, authorities said.

“The preliminary investigation indicates impairment may be a factor in the collision, however, the investigation is ongoing,” the LBPD said. No other injuries were reported.

The collision resulted in the temporary closing of Atlantic Avenue between Willow Street and Sunrise Boulevard as detectives investigated. With this incident, the Long Beach Police Department has now publicly reported 21 traffic fatalities this year.

This story was updated with more information from the Long Beach Police Department. 

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