Traffic Fatality at Anaheim and Alamitos

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anaheim-alamitosOn Saturday, May 16, 2009, at approximately 9:20 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a traffic collision that involved four vehicles at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Alamitos Avenue. The collision resulted in the death of a female adult and left two other people critically injured.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the initial collision at the intersection was between a gray 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was traveling southbound on Alamitos Avenue, and a red 1992 Acura Integra that was traveling eastbound on Anaheim Street. The Jeep then collided with a 2000 Ford Escort, which was traveling northbound Alamitos Avenue. The driver and passenger of the Jeep and the driver of the Escort were not injured.

The Acura then collided with a traffic control pole, causing a rear passenger to be ejected from the vehicle. The Acura continued to roll forward before colliding with a silver 1992 Dodge Stealth that was traveling northbound Alamitos Avenue. The driver of the Stealth was uninjured, but the three occupants riding in the Acura were critically injured and transported to local hospitals. The injured were the two rear passengers of the Acura, a 23-year-old female resident of Lakewood who had been ejected, and a 9-year-old female resident of Long Beach. Neither were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

The third injured person, who was the driver of the Acura, was later pronounced deceased from injuries she sustained from the collision. She has been identified as Jovonne Pope, a 29-year-old resident of Long Beach.

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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