3 Dead, 3 Hurt in Long Beach Head-On Crash
A 23-year-old Fontana man, who was allegedly driving the wrong way on a Long Beach street, was booked Saturday on suspicion of murder and drunk driving after his car struck another vehicle, killing three people and injuring three others.
And two Britons were killed in Pasadena after a suspected drunk driver’s Ford Mustang broadsided a Chevrolet Corvair, police said.
The dead in the Long Beach crash included a 2-year-old girl, her mother, 27, and a 23-year-old woman, authorities said. The victims’ names were not released. Long Beach emergency crews worked for nearly four hours to free the victims.
Injured in the accident were Quiniece Brazier, 8, her 6-year-old brother, Quentin, and their mother, Denise Elliott, 30, of Inglewood, the driver of the vehicle, authorities said.
Quentin was in serious condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, while Elliott and Quiniece were in good condition, said hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson.
None of the victims was wearing safety belts, according to the California Highway Patrol, which investigated the accident.
“They were thrown about violently within the vehicle,” said Officer Bill Granados.
Marcus Aubry, the alleged wrong-way driver, was being held Saturday at County Jail in Los Angeles after being released from St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. Aubry was ejected from his car and was not seriously injured, Granados said.
The accident occurred about 1 a.m. in the 6900 block of Atlantic Boulevard, where the four-lane road passes over the Los Angeles River, authorities said. Elliott and her five passengers were headed northbound in a Pontiac Grand Prix when Aubry, driving southbound in a Ford Tempo, crossed into their lane, Granados said.
Both drivers swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision, but they crashed head-on.
The two women were killed instantly, and the 2-year-old girl died en route to Charter Suburban Hospital in Paramount, said Bob Caldon, a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department.
In Pasadena, two men from Britain were killed and a third person was injured in a collision that police suspect was alcohol-related.
Tedrin D. Stewart, 18, of Altadena was booked at County-USC Medical Center’s jail ward on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter early Saturday after his Ford Mustang broadsided a Chevrolet Corvair at the intersection of Allen Avenue and Walnut Street, said Police Sgt. Monte Yancey.
“He is suspected of having been under the influence, and the investigation is continuing,” Yancey said.
Pasadena paramedics pronounced the two men, whom police described only as holding British passports and living in Alhambra, dead at the scene.
A spokesman for the coroner’s office identified one of the dead men as Sean King.
Police said the Mustang collided with the Corvair, overturned, skidded across the intersection, and struck a lamp post. The Corvair also skidded, coming to rest against the wall of a restaurant.