Josephine Espiritu Identified as Pedestrian Killed in Long Beach Car Crash at Santa Fe Avenue and Hill Street
Long Beach, California (May 13, 2020) - A woman was killed on Monday evening in a car crash in Long Beach, according to police.
The fatal crash happened at the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Hill Street in West Long Beach, at about 6:45 p.m., on May 11.
A Lexus IS200 sedan was traveling southbound on Santa Fe when it crashed into a Honda Odyssey minivan, said the authorities.
The Lexus was allegedly racing with a Nissan when they crossed paths with the Honda that was driving eastbound on Hill Street, officials said.
The Lexus then spun and crashed into Josephine Espiritu, 59, of Long Beach, who was crossing the street legally.
Sadly, Espiritu died as a result of the accident.
The Lexus driver was in critical condition but stable while the Honda driver suffered minor injuries. Both were hospitalized for treatment.
Drugs or alcohol were not believed to have played a role in the crash.
Detectives are expected to present a case against the Lexus driver to the district attorney’s office, which will consider filing charges. The Nissan driver continued driving after the crash
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Det. Allen Duncan at 562-570-7355.
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