2 Killed in Fiery Long Beach Crash; Street Racing Investigated

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Two people were killed in a fiery crash in Long Beach late Saturday and police are investigating whether street racing was a factor, authorities said.

Police gather at the scene of a double fatal crash in Long Beach on Oct. 14, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)
Police gather at the scene of a double fatal crash in Long Beach on Oct. 14, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

The crash was reported about 10:45 p.m. along the 600 block of Shoreline Drive, according to Long Beach police, a stretch of road used in the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Responding officers found a woman, a passenger in the car, had been ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A man was also taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead while receiving treatment, according to the newspaper.

A second car, apparently also involved in the crash, stayed at the scene and the driver was cooperating with police, officials said.

Video from the scene showed several people gathered after the crash, as debris was scattered along the street.

An investigation revealed that the two cars were driving along Shoreline Drive when one car cut the other other off and the vehicle lost control.

Long Beach Lt. Tim Olson told the Times that one of the vehicles then hit the median before hitting the other vehicle.

The scene was cleared just before 6 a.m. and the crash remains under investigation.

Christian Seals said that he often sees people driving too fast in the area when he gets off work at 5 a.m.

“It is a big problem," Seals said.

Randall Morales, who lives in the city, encouraged motorists to be cautious and drive safely. “Be smart when you’re traveling,” he said. “It’s not worth risking your life or endangering other people’s lives by trying to have fun.”

KTLA's Sarah Fenton contributed to this story.  

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