Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
Media Relations
(562) 570-5273

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 1:33 P.M. officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to Cherry Avenue and 33rd Street regarding an injury traffic collision.

Upon arrival officers discovered a four vehicle collision with two adult individuals trapped inside one of the vehicles. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and extricated the trapped individuals and transported them to a local hospital.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Honda, driven by a 30-year-old Long Beach Resident, and a 1990 Nissan, driven by a 20-year-old Long Beach Resident, were traveling south on Cherry Avenue from Wardlow Street. The Honda collided with a 2009 Toyota, driven by a 78-year-old resident of Seal Beach, that was making a left turn from northbound Cherry Avenue to westbound 33rd Street. After the collision between the Honda and the Toyota, the Nissan collided with the Honda. The Toyota then collided with a parked unoccupied off road all-terrain (ATV) type vehicle in the parking lot on the southwest corner of Cherry Avenue and 33rd Street.

The front right passenger of the Toyota, Kwang Ja Sohn, a 70-year-old resident of Seal Beach, sustained major trauma from the collision and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver of the Toyota sustained minor injuries. All drivers were released and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.