Wrong-Way Driver On 710 Kills One, Injures Three

A Buena Park man was in custody this weekend after he drove his car onto the wrong direction of the 710 freeway Friday night and collided with two vehicles, killing one passenger and injuring three others.

Charges indicate that Derrick Armstrong, 33, was driving while intoxicated when he drove his 1997 Chevy Tahoe up the Broadway off-ramp and continued travelling northbound directly into the 710’s southbound lanes. His car made it to the area between the 6th St. off-ramp and the 9th St. off-ramp before it struck a gray 1987 Honda Accord and a white 2010 Toyota Corolla. After the accident, Armstrong got out of his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but witnesses ran after the suspect and detained him until police arrived.

The passengar of the Honda, 27 year-old Tricia Esmond Cade, was pronounced dead at the scene. Long Beach Fire Department took about 15 minutes to free the driver from the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Those in the second vehicle were transported with non life-threatening injuries.

Suspect Armstrong was booked for driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and hit and run causing death or injury, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with more information regarding this collision incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.

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