DUI Suspect Causes Traffic Fatality; Possibly Involved in Multiple Hit and Run Events

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crime-scene-tapeDUI Traffic fatalityOn Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at approximately 3:04 p.m., Long Beach police officers responded to a traffic collsion on Ocean Boulevard, just east of the Terminal Island freeway involving a semi-truck and a vehicle.

Upon arrival, Long Beach police officers discovered that a Ford Expedition that was traveling at a high rate of speed was involved in a rear-end collision with a semi-truck and flipped several times, ejecting the passenger who was found under the vehicle. An off-duty officer, 3-year member of the Long Beach Police Department, witnessed the accident and rendered aid to the driver and the passenger. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the passenger deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford Expedition was transported to a local hospital with major head trauma.

The victim has been identified as Pasqual Marian, a 42-year-old resident of Paramount. The driver of the Ford Expedition has been identified as Blanca Sanchez, a 24-year-old resident of Long Beach. She is listed in critical condition and expected to remain hospitalized for several days. Upon her discharge, she will be released to custody of the Long Beach Police Department and will be booked for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. She will remain in police custody while in the hospital.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the Ford Expedition was involved in at least one, possibly two, hit and run traffic accidents in the City of Long Beach just minutes prior to this accident.

Any additional witnesses or victims to the hit and run accident are encouraged to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Accident Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355.

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