On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at approximately 4:45 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area of the northbound 710 freeway at the West 9th Street exit regarding an injury traffic collision. When officers arrived on scene it was determined that collision occurred on West Shoreline Drive just north of the 7th Street on ramp.
Upon arrival officers found the driver had been ejected from the vehicle and was lying in the roadway just north of his vehicle. There were no other occupants in the vehicle. Long Beach Fire personnel responded and determined the driver deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 39-year-old male resident of Long Beach was driving a 2009 Kia Sportage SUV north on West Shoreline Drive at a high rate of speed. As the road veered to the left, the driver continued straight and struck the curb at the gore point where 6th Street merges onto West Shoreline Drive. The contact with the curb caused his front right tire to go flat and the vehicle overturned tumbling twice before landing on it’s wheels and ejecting the driver who was not seat-belted.
The driver had a valid driver’s license and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information regarding the collision are asked to contact Detective S. Fox of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355.