Detectives Investigate Single Vehicle Traffic Fatality

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On Thursday, September 8, 2011, at approximately 9:20 am, Long Beach Police Officers responded to a report of a traffic collision at Studebaker Road and 7th Street.

When officers arrived, they found that this was a single vehicle collision. The driver, and sole occupant, of a silver Toyota Tacoma lost control of his vehicle as he was traveling west on College Park Drive when he drove across a dirt lot, crossed Studebaker Road and went into the San Gabriel flood channel. The vehicle entered the flood channel upside down and both the vehicle and driver were submerged underwater. The driver was removed from the vehicle by witnesses and Long Beach Fire Department personnel and transported to a local hospital.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Thaddeus Tran, a 64-year-old male resident of Westminster.

Tran was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries. Investigators believe he was experiencing a medical emergency at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.

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