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Long Beach: Male Passenger Killed in 710 Freeway Accident, Driver Arrested

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At 12:45 a.m. on Monday, June 25th, a 19-year-old male passenger was killed in an accident on the 710 Freeway and the driver was arrested. The crash was triggered when the Acura Integra in which the man was traveling struck the east curb below the 6th Street overpass, the impact sending the vehicle across the freeway before it slammed into a sign and a palm tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics transported the 18-year-old female driver to the hospital to receive medical attention for minor injuries. Upon her release, she was arrested on suspicion of felony impaired driving and vehicular manslaughter. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are asked to call Long Beach Police Detective Sirilo Garcia at 562-570-7355.

“Passengers who suffer harm due to the negligence of a driver may hold the driver liable for the cost of their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a passenger’s injuries prove fatal, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver.”

Long Beach accounted for 1 of the 104 fatalities and 610 of the 21,058 injuries suffered by passengers in traffic collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 3,081 people lost their lives in traffic accidents.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the male passenger who was killed in the accident on the 710 Freeway.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach crash.

Additional information on the injury and wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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