Peninsula Street Race Leaves Three Dead; Two Juveniles in Custody

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crime-scene-tape TRIPLE-FATALITY TRAFFIC COLLISIONOn Sunday, August 22, 2010 at approximately 12:04 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a traffic collision in the area of 55th Place and Ocean Boulevard that resulted in the deaths of three individuals, and left another in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that two vehicles, a black 2003 Ford Mustang and a green 1997 Ford Taurus, were racing each other as they sped eastbound on Ocean Boulevard. A traffic collision between the two vehicles occurred, causing the Mustang to spin out of control and hit a large concrete sign in the median that divides the eastbound and westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard. The impact caused the three passengers of the Mustang to be ejected from the vehicle, and two of the three passengers, one 32-year-old female identified as Candice Ann Bustamante, and another female who has not yet been identified, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The third passenger ejected is a 19-year-old male who was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the Mustang, identified as 18-year-old Jesus Heredia Calixto, remained in the vehicle, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. All four occupants of the Mustang are Long Beach residents.

The two occupants of the Taurus, which was found to be a stolen vehicle, fled the scene on foot after the collision. Both were later apprehended, and found to have suffered no serious injuries. They are both 17-year-old male residents of Long Beach, and are in police custody. Their identities are not being released because they are minors.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detail Detective Dave Lauro at (562) 570-7355.

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