A traffic accident in the area of Ocean Boulevard and Orizaba Avenue has claimed the life of an adult male and resulted in serious injury to another man, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
On Monday, July 21, at approximately 10:15pm, police responded to the area, where they discovered two unconscious male subjects. One of the subjects was lying in the grass behind the vehicle, while the other was still seated in the passenger seat of the heavily damaged vehicle.
Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and determined that the passenger, only being identified as a 27-year-old Long Beach resident, pending notification of next of kin, had sustained traumatic injuries to his head and body, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, identified as a 22-year-old Long Beach resident, was transported to a local hospital with internal injuries and remains in critical condition.
Based on the preliminary investigation, which includes witness statements and evidence at the scene, investigators believe that two or more vehicles may have been involved in street racing, while travelling westbound on Ocean Boulevard from Paloma Avenue. One of the vehicles, a yellow 2003 Honda S2000, lost control shortly after passing Paloma Avenue and collided into two palm trees located on the south side of Ocean Boulevard directly across the intersection at Orizaba Avenue.
After the collision, the other potentially involved vehicle(s) fled the scene, according to police.
Whether alcohol was a factor in the collision is yet to be determined, police say. The driver of a second vehicle was questioned and released, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Those with additional information regarding the incident are asked to call Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .