Anaheim woman dies in Cal Heights car accident

On Friday, April 1, at approximately 11:44pm, Long Beach Police Department officers responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision at Atlantic Avenue and Wardlow Road that resulted in the death of a female adult. 
When officers arrived, they discovered that a 1991 Toyota Camry, driven by a male adult with a female passenger, had struck a tree. Both occupants were seriously injured and transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Fired Department paramedics.  
The driver sustained multiple upper body injuries and is listed in serious but stable condition. However, the female passenger had sustained multiple internal injuries and was pronounced deceased a short time later as a result of those injuries.  
The investigation revealed that the Camry was traveling northbound on Atlantic Avenue at a high rate of speed and without its headlights on when it ran the red light at Wardlow Road. The Camry narrowly missed striking a 2005 Toyota Scion that was traveling westbound on Wardlow Road on a green light. The Camry swerved to the right to avoid striking the Scion, went off the roadway and struck a palm tree head-on.  
The deceased victim has been identified as 22-year-old Dana Acosta of Anaheim.  The driver, identified as 29-year-old Heriberto Cervantes of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony gross vehicular manslaughter, felony drunk driving, and for driving on a suspended license. He is currently in police custody and will be booked pending medical clearance.    
Those with any additional information regarding this incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigation Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.

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