Wrong-way driver dies after crashing into truck on 710 Freeway, police say

A wrong-way driver was killed when his SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on the 710 Freeway earlier this month, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Robert Nunez, a 68-year-old resident of Montebello, was driving a 1996 Toyota 4Runner northbound on the southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway when the crash happened around 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 12, police said in a news release.

The 4Runner hit a guardrail near Ninth Street overpass before crashing into the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer, police said. Long Beach Fire Department crews rushed to the scene and freed Nunez from the wreckage before taking him to a local hospital, according to authorities.

“While the investigation remains underway, at this time, speed and distracted driving are being investigated as factors in the collision,” police said.

Nunez died a day after the crash, but police said they weren’t notified of his death until Nov. 19, prompting them to release details of the crash on Monday.

Authorities said the tractor-trailer’s driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective Joseph Johnson at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be sent through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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