A suspected drunken driver crashed his sedan into a utility pole in Long Beach, killing one of his passengers and seriously injuring himself, police said Sunday.
The passenger killed was identified Sunday as Justin Gregory McLean, 31 of Lakewood, said Investigator Rudy Molano of the coroner’s office.
The crash also injured another passenger, who suffered a broken leg. Despite being injured, the motorist attempted to walk away from the location, but was seen a few blocks away, detained and identified by a witness as the driver, the Long Beach Police Department reported.
The crash was on Clark Avenue near Eagle Street, and was reported at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday.
The 2000 Toyota Avalon was going northbound on Clark Avenue where it veered off the roadway and hit a utility pole just north of Eagle Street.
Arriving officers found two passengers inside the wrecked car. McLean was pronounced dead at the scene.
Paramedics rushed the second passenger, a 24-year-old man from Long Beach, to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where was being treated for a broken leg.
The suspected driver of the Avalon was found walking away from the scene a few blocks north of the crash. He was detained and a witness was able to identify him as the driver, but his name has not been released by police.
The driver will face charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit and run, as well as felony driving under the influence, police said. He was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.
Long Beach police collision investigators asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (562) 570-7355.
–City News Service