A three-vehicle crash involving a wrong-way driver early Saturday has resulted in one person being killed and several others injured.
In Los Angeles, CBS Local reports that the fatal crash happened on Saturday, October 24, at approximately 3:05 a.m. when a 24-year-old male motorist entered the 105 (Century) Freeway heading eastbound in the westbound lanes.
In a statement, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that the crash happened near the Long Beach Boulevard Exit when the wrong-way vehicle collided head-on into another car. An additional vehicle also became involved in a secondary, chain-reaction crash.
A passenger who had been riding in the wrong-way vehicle’s front seat was pronounced dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 18-year-old Briuna Ramirez. Ms. Ramirez had been out celebrating her birthday with friends.
Four additional people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. An 18-year-old female resident of Coachella and a 29-year-old woman from Coachella were transported to St. Francis Medical Center to be treated for significant injuries.
A 28-year-old La Quinta woman and a 28-year-old woman from Thousand Palms were taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. They were also said to have suffered severe injuries in the crash.
The wrong-way driver suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. He was later arrested at the hospital under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. His identity was not released at the time of the report.
Authorities have not released any further details regarding the occupants of the third vehicle.
The CHP closed all westbound lanes of the Century Freeway at Long Beach Boulevard for several hours while the accident was being investigated and debris was cleared from the scene. The roadway was later reopened at approximately 7:25 a.m.
The accident is currently under investigation.