Suspected DUI motorist dies after hitting parked vehicle, being ejected from truck

A woman died Sunday evening after crashing into a parked vehicle, which caused her truck to overturn and eject her onto a North Long Beach road, authorities said.

The victim was identified only as a 56-year-old Compton resident.

Officials responded to the crash at about 5:25 p.m. in the 6900 block of Atlantic Avenue, northeast of where the 91 and 710 freeways meet.

Arriving officers found the motorist lying in the roadway, just south of her truck, police said. Long Beach paramedics transported her to a local hospital where she died from her injuries, according to authorities. There were no other occupants inside.

Authorities said the motorist was driving a 2006 GMC Sierra pick-up truck south on Atlantic Avenue at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her vehicle as the road veered to the right. She then struck a parked 2008 GMC Yukon which caused her truck to overturn, police said. A preliminary investigation was unable to determine if she was wearing her seat belt at the time, officials stated.

Police believe drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the collision. The victim had a valid driver’s license, they said.

Authorities will identify the victim once next of kin have been notified.

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

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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