On Monday, May 29, 2017 at approximately 3:51p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision between two vehicles.
When Officers arrived on scene, they discovered the unconscious 16-year-old female passenger trapped inside a 2012 Nissan Altima. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported, the female along with two adults and two other juveniles who were also in the Altima to local hospitals for treatment.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 33-year-old male resident of Long Beach, was driving his 2013 Chevrolet Camaro west on Artesia Boulevard and in the process of turning south onto Myrtle Avenue. At the same time, the Altima being driven by 22-year-old female resident of Victorville, was traveling east on Artesia Boulevard. As the Chevrolet turned south, the two vehicles struck each other causing the Altima to ricochet south striking the metal traffic control light pole.
It was determined that the driver of the Chevrolet was wearing his seatbelt and uninjured. However, all five occupants in the Altima did not appear to have their seatbelts fastened causing traumatic injuries to all occupants. The other occupants of the Altima included three males ages 19, 16 and 14.
The driver of the Chevrolet had a suspended driver’s license and valid proof of insurance. The driver of the Altima had a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.
On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Police Department was informed that the 16-year-old female passenger of the Altima passed away from a traumatic head injury caused in the collision. The deceased, the driver and the and 14 year-old male were siblings, and the other two occupants were friends.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355.