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Fatal Crash, PCH/MLK Between SUV and Tractor Trailer Truck: A Woman Riding In SUV Is Killed, Its Driver & Another Passenger (Both Men) Survive; Truck's Driver Questioned & Released, Investigation Continues

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(May 14, 2012) -- A LB woman was killed, and two men riding with her (the driver and another passenger) in a Chevy Blazer sustained minor injuries, when police say their SUV attempted to turn from eastbound PCH to northbound MLK Ave...and was struck by a tractor trailer truck that was headed westbound on PCH.

LBPD says in a release that officers were dispatched to the scene at about 9:14 a.m. today (May 14) and a preliminary investigation indicates that "the truck struck the Blazer, and the driver and front seat passenger, who were [allegedly] not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, were both ejected onto the roadway. The truck then struck the ejected passenger, who was determined to be deceased at the scene. The driver and a second passenger, who was in the rear seat, sustained what appeared to be minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital."

The decedent is identified as Sonia Esperanza Rodriguez, 54, of Long Beach. The Blazer's 48-year-old driver and 21 year-old male passengers are both LB residents. .

The truck's driver, a 29 year old Valencia man, was questioned and released. LBPD release says its investigation is ongoing.

LBPD asks anyone with information about this accident to call Accident Investigations Detail Detectives Dave Lauro at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.



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