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A 19-year-old Long Beach woman allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel in the city’s Wrigley neighborhood early Sunday morning, crashing her vehicle into a parked car and killing a man sleeping inside, authorities said today.
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) personnel had to extricate the unidentified victim who was trapped in the driver’s seat of the 1993 Ford Escort LX station wagon where he was sleeping. Paramedics determined he was dead at the scene.
Officials said the female motorist was driving a 1999 Mercedes Benz E320 south on Long Beach Boulevard when she appeared to have fallen asleep and struck the rear of the station wagon, which was parked along the curb in front of 2789 Long Beach Boulevard. The incident happened at 4:06AM.
“The momentum of the collision caused both vehicles to travel south until the vehicles came to rest up against a business building,” Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials said in a release. “The building had minimal exterior damage and no structural damage.”
The woman did not have a valid driver’s license but provided proof of insurance. Drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.
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. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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