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Distracted driver causes fatal Long Beach accident

Posted on Jul 26, 2010

It only takes a second of inattention to cause a fatal car accident. A Long Beach man who fell asleep at the wheel survived one accident, but was killed when another driver took his eyes off road for just a moment to adjust his radio.  
The distracted driving crash occurred on Sunday, July 25 at about 2:05 a.m. on southbound I-405 south of Cherry Avenue in Long Beach.
The driver of a 2004 Mazda minivan fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the meal guardrail on the right shoulder of I-405. The van spun out and came to rest pointing northbound on the two southbound lanes.
Three minutes late a Huntington Beach man driving south in a 2004 Ford Explorer hit the van. The driver was adjusting his radio, but looked up and saw the disabled van blocking his lane. He was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision with the driver’s side of the van.
The minivan’s driver was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A 37-year-old woman who was a passenger in the van was taken to the same hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The other driver was taken to Long Beach Community Hospital and was treated for minor injuries.

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