Woman Killed, 5 Injured After Driver Broadsides SUV While Trying to Beat Red Light in Long Beach: Police

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A woman died in Long Beach after a pickup truck driver who tried to beat a red light broadsided her SUV at an intersection, authorities said Saturday.

The driver and his four passengers, two men and two boys, all suffered injuries in the Friday night crash, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Del Amo Boulevard and Orange Avenue, the agency said.

Officers responded to the scene and found an unconscious woman in the driver’s seat of a heavily damaged 2003 GMC Yukon. They also discovered a 2018 Nissan Titan with five occupants, according to Long Beach police.

Paramedics pronounced the GMC driver, later identified as 49-year-old Rosalva Fierro of Long Beach,  dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the occupants of the Nissan were taken to local hospitals.

Investigators believe the Nissan driver, a 20-year-old Long Beach man, tried to accelerate as the traffic light was turning red. When he reached the intersection, he hit the side of an SUV heading north on Orange Avenue, police said.

Video from the scene shows the damaged pickup truck facing a wall on the sidewalk.

Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt except one of the Nissan’s five occupants, who suffered “a variety” of injuries, according to officials.

The pickup truck driver provided a blood sample at the hospital so authorities can determine whether or not he had been impaired, Long Beach police said.

Family members described the victim as a beloved mother and wife who was on her way home from a church service when the crash happened.

The case remains under investigation.

KTLA’s Nancy Fontan and Brian Day contributed to this report.

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