An emergency vehicle. Photo by John Schreiber.
An emergency vehicle. Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities Sunday were trying to determine why a 22-year-old woman was killed in a crash on an off-ramp of the Artesia (91) Freeway.

Valeria Altamirez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the coroner’s office.

It happened at 12:07 a.m. Saturday on the eastbound Artesia (91) Freeway at Pioneer Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Z. Salazar said.

Altamirez was driving a 2004 Kia Sorento that for an unknown reason struck the raised concrete curb, Salazar said.

“The Kia continued out of control traveling down the off-ramp where it struck a traffic signal light and a pedestrian at the intersection of Pioneer Boulevard.”

Altamirez was pronounced dead at the scene, Salazar said.

Pedestrian Edgar Verdusco, 25, suffered major injuries, as did two men and a woman in their 20s inside the Kia.

Martha Mendoza, 23, of Los Angeles suffered moderate injuries. She also was inside the car.

Three of the injured were taken to Saint Francis Medical Center and two were taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, according to CHP Officer Michele Bond. The genders, ages and conditions of the injured were not immediately available.

The crash prompted the closure of the Pioneer Boulevard offramp, but it was reopened about 4:30 a.m.

–City News Service

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