Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

An off-duty Long Beach police officer from Alhambra who was killed in a single-car crash on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway was speeding and lost control of his vehicle, according to a California Highway Patrol report released on Thursday.

CHP Officer Peter Bishop confirmed the victim’s was a police officer, but said the officer’s name would be withheld until his family was notified.

The crash occurred around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, in the northbound number 1 lane, north of Rosecrans Avenue, according to the CHP.

According to the CHP’s accident report, witnesses said the 55-year-old officer, who was driving a 2014 red Corvette, was speeding in excess of 100 mph prior to the collision. He lost control of his vehicle and hit the center divider.

The impact sent the Corvette careening across the freeway, and it veered off the freeway and overturned several times on the shoulder before coming to rest on its roof across both lanes of the northbound Rosecrans Avenue onramp.

Paramedics responded but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information was asked to call the CHP at (323) 980-4600.

—City News Service

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