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Long Beach Drunk Driving Car Accident Kills Teen Passenger

A Los Angeles teen was arrested yesterday morning after a severe car crash in downtown Long Beach. Authorities say that the accident happened at shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday on the 710 Freeway. An 18-year-old Los Angeles woman was allegedly driving her vehicle while intoxicated and caused an accident that killed her 19-year-old passenger.

The woman lost control of her 1996 Acura and slammed into a curb under the 6th street overpass. The woman then veered across the highway and hit a sign and a palm tree before stopping. The car struck the sign on the passenger side and the 19-year-old passenger was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver was treated at a nearby hospital for minor personal injuries and then arrested for drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. She was being held on $100,000 bail according to a Long Beach Police press release.

The 710 Freeway was closed for approximately six hours while Long Beach Police investigated and cleaned up the crash.

Car accidents are the leading killer of teen drivers in California. Drunk driving accidents are typically more common among young male drivers, but this accident shows that female teens are equally as likely to crash when driving under the influence. It is unclear whether the woman involved in this particular crash is still being held in lieu of bond or whether she will face a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of her deceased passenger.

Source: Long Beach Police Department Press Release #2012, June 25, 2012

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