Victim Identified in Multi-Vehicle 710 Freeway Crash

Coroner’s officials identified Sunday the motorist who died in a massive multi-vehicle crash that closed the 710 freeway for hours early Saturday morning. 

{loadposition latestnews}Barbara Laing, 29, of Alhambra was killed while she was a passenger in a 2005 Toyota that was rear-ended by a 1988 Chrysler that failed to stop for backed-up traffic on the northbound Long Beach Freeway near the Artesia Freeway. California Highway Patrol says that at around 12:50AM Saturday, the Chrysler–driven by a 22 year-old from Wilmington who was later arrested–hit the Toyota, which then rear-ended a 2004 Ford and a 2008 Peterbilt truck before continuing north along the side of the Toyota and striking the left side of the Ford.

The Toyota driver suffered major injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. It was not immediately known what charges she will face. 

The driver ogf the 2005 Toyota, a 27-year-old Wilmington woman, also suffered major injuries and was also transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Her passenger, however, died at the scene. The other two drivers received non life-threatening injuries. 

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.