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LOCAL : Long Beach Man Killed in Crash

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

A Long Beach man was killed today when his car slammed into a bridge in Buena Park, police said.

William J. Baxter, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident at 1:16 a.m., Buena Park Officer Rich McMillen said. The accident occurred on Valley View Street south of Artesia Boulevard.

Baxter, the lone occupant of the vehicle, drifted across a lane and rammed into a concrete section of a bridge spanning a flood control channel of Coyote Creek, police said.

After crashing into the bridge, the car slammed into a light pole, McMillen said, adding that Baxter died from massive head and internal injuries.

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An investigation revealed that the Long Beach man was driving at a minimum speed of 65 m.p.h., police said.

McMillen said an autopsy would seek to determine whether Baxter was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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