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Woman arrested in death of passenger in Long Beach 710 Freeway crash

June 25, 2012 | 11:10 am

An 18-year-old woman was in custody Monday on suspicion of impaired driving and vehicular manslaughter after she crashed her car on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach, killing her passenger.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics pronounced the 19-year-old man dead at the scene near 6th Street after the 12:45 a.m. Monday accident.

The 18-year-old driver was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

"Once released from the hospital, she was booked for felony impaired driving and vehicular manslaughter, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail," Pratt said.

A preliminary investigation determined that the woman's Acura Integra struck the east curb below the 6th Street overpass and veered across traffic lanes to the other side of the freeway.

Pratt said the passenger side of the vehicle struck a freeway sign and a palm tree before coming to a stop.

The identities of both driver and passenger, residents of Los Angeles, were being withheld by authorities until their families could be notified.

The fatal collision forced the closure of southbound 710 Freeway traffic until 7:15 a.m.

Police investigators are asking that anyone with information regarding the fatal colllsion call Long Beach Police Det. Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355.

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