1/4/2016 UPDATE: Long Beach Police were notified that a passenger, 26-year-old Nelson Quinones, succumbed to his injuries on January 2, 2016. Mr. Quinones’ age was incorrectly listed as 16-years-old in the original news release.
Original News Release:
On Thursday, December 31, 2015, at approximately 10:47 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the 500 block of W. Pacific Coast Highway regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of a male adult.
Arriving officers discovered a 2010 Honda Civic with major damage. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the driver, a 23-year-old Long Beach resident, deceased at the scene. The three passengers, an 18-year-old female and two 16-year-old males, all Long Beach residents, were transported to a local hospital with various injuries.
The preliminary investigation revealed the Honda was traveling eastbound on Pacific Coast Highway. According to witnesses, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it began to spin sideways. The vehicle slid toward the south curb and collided with a light pole. It appears all occupants were seat belted at the time of the collision. No other vehicles or parties were involved in this incident.
The Los Angeles County Coroner will determine positive identification and notify next of kin.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Steve Fox of the Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7110. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous, may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or www.LACrimeStoppers.org.