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Long Beach: Passenger Tricia Esmond Cade Killed in Wrong-Way DUI Crash


At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 27-year-old Tricia Esmond Cade was killed in a wrong-way DUI crash on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach. Thirty-three-year-old Derrick Armstrong was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the freeway when his 1997 Chevy Tahoe crashed into a 1987 Honda Accord, the impact killing Cade, a passenger in the Honda, and seriously injuring the driver. Witnesses apprehended Armstrong when he attempted to flee the scene of the accident on foot. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and hit-and-run.

“Drivers who fatally harm others while committing crimes face criminal and civil consequences,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “as the state will penalize them for violating its laws and the families of the victims will seek compensation for their losses.”

Long Beach accounted for 19 of the 346 fatalities and 1,986 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 197 of the fatal and 4,359 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Tricia Esmond Cade, the passenger who was killed in the wrong-way DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver of the Honda.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach crash.

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