Fatal Collision on 710 Freeway Caused by DUI Wrong-Way Driver

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attempt homicideOn Friday, November 2, 2012, at 10:00 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a three vehicle hit and run collision on the southbound 710 freeway, between the 9th Street on-ramp and the 6th Street off-ramp, which resulted in the death of a female adult, and injury to two others.

The preliminary investigation determined that the driver of a white 1997 Chevy Tahoe had entered the 710 freeway at the Broadway off-ramp, traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. The Tahoe then struck a gray 1987 Honda Accord and a white 2010 Toyota Corolla, that were both traveling in the southbound lanes of the freeway.

The driver of the Tahoe, identified as 33-year-old Derrick Armstrong of Buena Park, then got out of his vehicle and ran from the scene. Witnesses ran after Suspect Armstrong and detained him until police arrived.

The passenger of the Honda, identified as 27-year-old Tricia Esmond Cade of Long Beach, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver, a 26-year-old female from Long Beach, had to be extricated from the vehicle by Long Beach Fire and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Toyota, a 26-year-old male from Long Beach, was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Suspect Armstrong was booked for driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and hit and run causing death or injury, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail.

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


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