A 40-year-old Lakewood woman died after the man driving the car she was in allegedly fled the scene of a collision and crashed into several stationary objects before the vehicle burst into flames, authorities said today.
Around 10:45 a.m., Saturday a 51-year-old Los Angeles man was at the wheel of a 1994 Buick Le Sabre that crashed and sped away, according to Long Beach police. He sped a few blocks away to 10th Street and Long Beach Boulevard and struck a parked 2008 Honda Accord, a street sign, a commercial gas line and a tree before the car caught fire
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was taken by paramedics to a hospital in critical condition, police said. The man did not have a valid driver's license and was not insured, police said. They did not know whether drugs and/or alcohol played a role in the crash. The names of the driver and the fatally injured passenger were not released.
Anyone with information on the crash was asked to call Long Beach police detectives at 562-570-7355. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at